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

[updated 10/6/22]

Applications for the 2023 NIDUS II Pilot Grant Awards are due Friday, May 5, 2023, 5:00PM EST. We have compiled responses to some NIDUS II Pilot Grant FAQs here to help assist applicants during the process.

If you have additional questions or would like further clarification, then please contact Also, applicants may also be interested in reviewing the video or slides from our informational webinar overview. This is found on the NIDUS Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core webpage.

How much is the funding for NIDUS Pilot Awards?
  • NIDUS will award three pilot grants in the amount of $40,000 each. As a bonus, NIDUS will also award 10, $1,000 Collaborative Awards to 10 principal investigators.
Can the budget cover salary?
Does budget have to include salary?
  • No, the budget does not need to cover salary. If salary comes from other sources, then please note 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 September 1, 2023.
Are indirect (F&A) costs covered?
  • Yes, indirect or F&A costs up to 60% (U.S. Institutions) or 8% (foreign institutions) are allowable.
Can applicants include letters of support with the application?
  • Yes, applicants may include letters of support from co-investigators, institutional support or other relevant parties in the appendix section. Each letter should be no longer than 1 page.
Do international applications need to include a collaborator at a U.S. institution?
  • No, international applicants need not include any U.S.-based collaborators on their applications.
Who handles the review process?
  • A committee of NIDUS leaders as well as additional respected leaders in the field of delirium on an ad hoc basis. In addition, NIH program officials oversee the review process 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 July 2023. All applicants will also receive comments from reviewers at the conclusion of the award process, although there may be a delay between notification and distribution of comments due to processing time.
Are postdoctoral fellows eligible to apply for the Junior Investigator Track?
  • Post Docs are not eligible to apply as PIs for the current NIDUS II Pilot Grants.
How much funding can I allocate for travel?
  • Awardees can add a maximum amount of $1,500 for travel. Also, we expect each awardee to present their findings at the annual NIDUS Scientific Symposium. Typically, this takes place in conjunction with the American Delirium Society Annual Meeting at the end of their pilot year. Consequently, awardees should us these travel funds for the NIDUS Scientific Symposium attendance or attendance of a meeting of the American Delirium Society (ADS).
Award Conditions

NIDUS will issue Pilot Awards as subcontracts to the primary institution of the faculty. We will make payments in USD via check on a monthly or quarterly basis. Institutions who are not able to receive checks are not eligible to receive the award.

If you have additional questions not listed in these NIDUS II Pilot FAQs, please contact

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