U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Critical Dates

Final application to RIC no later than 5 working days before the advertised deadline

COVID 19 advice is available at: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/natural_disasters/corona-virus.htm


The University of Melbourne encourages eligible researchers to participate in and lead proposals to the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the United States.


View schemes on Grants.gov, the United States grants portal or find opportunities through UoM Research Professional.

How to apply

  1. Communicate with International Grants Team, RIC and Program Director, NIH

    For higher chances of success, it is recommended that applicant conduct active discussions with the Program Director, Faculty Research Office and the International Grants Team ric-international@unimelb.edu.au as early as possible.
  2. Sign up for eRA Commons login

    Lead PI must have an account prior to application; other project team members (non-lead) are optional. Forward the lead PI’s full name and email address to ric-international@unimelb.edu.au.  Only RIC International Grants can create an account on eRA Commons for investigators.
  3. Access application package from Grants.gov and review documentation

    Search for the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) number (generally in the format of ‘PAR-14-007’).  Sign up on Grants.gov as an organization applicant. You will need to input the University of Melbourne DUNS number which is 753575117. RIC International Grants will then approve applicant’s affiliation to the University of Melbourne.
  4. Foreign Justification

    Consider what expertise your team has e.g.skills, resources or populations and/or research environment conditions that require the work to be done outside the USA.
  5. For applications with other organisations as the sub-awardees

    Forward the research office contact information for any external collaborators or contractors to the International Grants Team.
  6. Complete the application

    Application can be completed either through online or using the downloadable forms obtained from Grants.gov Workspace. Use the supporting documents below as reference to completing the application.
  7. Submit to Themis Grants Submission Workbench

    Submission requires Head of Department approval, which can be obtained through Themis or through email approval.
  8. Review Ready

    Email completed application to ric-international@unimelb.edu.au at least 10 working days before the advertised deadline for RIC review. The International Grants Team will provide comments and suggestions within 5 working days.

    NB: Past experience has proven that organising supporting materials at the end of the grant writing process causes significant submission delays and impacts the quality of the application. It is recommended that applicant starts preparing as early as 2 or 3 months before the advertised deadline or delegate tasks to the project team as early as possible.
  9. Submit by the Internal Deadline

    For lead application, the lead PI must click the “Submit to AOR” button on Grants.gov Workspace to submit the  final completed application to RIC International Grants at least 5 working days prior to the advertised deadline.
    For non-lead application, UoM site PI must submit completed documentations to ric-international@unimelb.edu.au for University approval at least 5 working days prior to the lead’s requested date.
    NB. Please note that submission has to occur through RIC International Grants.  RIC cannot guarantee successful submission for late or incomplete applications.

  10. Supporting Materials

    Annotated Grants.gov SF424 files
    How to Register With Grants.gov
    How to Create a Grants.gov Workspace
    Completing Forms in a Workspace on Grants.gov
    How to Submit a Federal Grant Application in Workspace

    Relevant Past Seminar Materials