Answers to some Frequently-Asked-Questions about the NIDUS Pilot Awards

[updated 10/22/18]

Applications for the 2018 NIDUS Pilot Grant Awards are due Wednesday, Nov. 7, and we have heard from quite a few people who are interested in applying or learning more about the grants. We have compiled responses to some NIDUS Pilot Grant FAQs here to help assist applicants during the process. If you have additional questions or would like further clarification, please contact Applicants may also be interested in reviewing the video or slides from our informational webinar overview, accessible through the NIDUS Pilots Task Force webpage.

Can budget be used to cover salary?

Does budget have to include salary?

  • No, the budget does not need to cover salary. If salary is covered through other sources, please make note of this in your budget justification.

How long is the budget period? What is the earliest possible start date?

  • The budget period should be for 1 year.
  • The earliest planned start date would be April 1, 2019. It may be possible to alter this date upon award if necessary.

Can letters of support be included with the application?

  • Yes, letters of support from co-investigators, institutional support or other relevant parties may be included in the appendix section.

Do international applications need to include a collaborator at a U.S. institution?

  • No, international applicants are not required to include any U.S.-based collaborators on their applications.

Who is involved in the review process?

  • A committee of NIDUS leaders as well as additional respected leaders in the field of delirium on an ad hoc basis. The review process is also overseen by NIH program officials to ensure that it is a rigorous process.

Will all applicants be notified of their status, or just awardees?

  • All applicants will be notified of their status at the conclusion of the review process in February, 2019. All applicants will also receive comments from reviewers at the conclusion of the award process, although there may be a short delay between notification and distribution of comments.

Are graduate students and postdoctoral fellows eligible to apply for the Junior Investigator Track?

  • Yes, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply. Please note that applicants should have at least 50% protected time for research.

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