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Applicants should attempt to identify an appropriate NIH Institute or Center (IC) that is appropriate for the intended research application and speak with an IC Scientific/Research contact before submitting an application. Program managers will discuss the Institute or Center (IC)’s interest in the proposed project and can offer application-specific advice.

NIH Matchmaker can be used to conduct keyword searches of a particular topic area to identify ICs that have previously funded research in that area. Applicants can also search the NIH Strategic Plans document to identify priority research areas of ICs. Applicants should send Program Officer a brief abstract or overview of their project at least one month before the deadline.

Applicants may also apply via targeted funding opportunity announcements like PARs.

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