There are tools to help you direct your application to the best place for review and funding.
1. Use NIH RePorter to locate funded applications in your field and note the scientific review groups (located in Project Information) in which they were reviewed. This is also a good way to identify program officers who can guide you before submission and after the results of the review. You can use the Matchmaker function or a text search.
2. Use CSR's Assisted Referral Tool (ART) to match your abstract or specific aims to a study section/scientific review group.
3. Use the Assignment Request Form to request assignment to an institute that might be interested in funding your application (e.g. NCI, NIAID), to request a study section/review group assignment, identify conflicts of interest, and suggest expertise using keywords. Never request specific reviewers.