Avoid These Pitfalls in the Submission Process

  • Failing to appreciate that submission is a multi-step process
  • Submitting your application at the last minute
  • Not using the right application form
  • Not paying close attention to the instructions
  • Submitting an incomplete application
  • Overstuffing your application
  • Submitting a new application but referring to previous review outcomes or criticism
  • Using a small font


Do These Things

  • Prepare your submission well ahead of the application deadline.
  • Make sure your institution has all the required registrations completed before you submit your application
  • Find and use a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that fits your application.
  • Follow all the instructions in the NOFO and in the application package.
  • Use your eRA Commons account to track progress of your application through Grants.gov and NIH submission systems.