National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary U.S. agency dealing with, and the largest source of funding for, medical research in the world.
NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with specific research agendas and interests often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. Researchers from Canadian universities are eligible for many NIH funding opportunities. Please consult RDS staff early for more information on submitting to the NIH.
To help assist those applicants planning submission to the NIH/DHHS during CIHR’s transition period. The following items have been updated. Please find:
- Updated NIH Guidebook, now expanded with excerpts by program staff from select institutes on their view towards foreign applications.
- Updated NIH FOA database, current to April 18, 2014, containing all active funding opportunities which allow Canadian institutions to apply as fund holder.
- NIH Submission walkthrough – a step-by-step guide of required components for standard NIH submissions.
Please also note, the NIH Financial Conflict of Interest tutorial was designed by the National Institutes of Health to provide education training on what constitutes a financial conflict of interest. It provides guidance on the proper policies and practices regarding these issues and is required for anyone involved with an NIH funded project. Please visit the NIH’s website to take the online tutorial.
- Only an Authorized Representative from Western is eligible to sign and transmit your proposal via Grants.gov.
- As per NIH policy, indirect costs for foreign institutions from NIH funding must be calculated at 8% on total direct costs, minus each item of equipment over $5,000.
- Each grant involving a Canadian institution must include a foreign justification section which explains “whether the [proposed] project presents special opportunities for furthering research programs through the use of unusual talent, resources, populations, or environmental conditions that exist in other countries and are not readily available outside of the United States or augment existing U.S. resources.”