Part VI: Funding Opportunities

These can be divided into 2 categories: solicited and unsolicited

Unsolicited opportunities, also known as investigator-initiated or omnibus solicitations, or parent announcements are when investigators submit a solicitation with no specific solicitation. Many NIH institutes participate in the parent announcements. Approximately, two-thirds of all awards are unsolicited; even if you can’t find an exact solicitation for your project, utilize the unsolicited mechanism.

The deadlines and budget are standard for parent announcements. Recently, the NIH separated the parent announcements for clinical trials allowed and clinical trials not allowed.

Solicited opportunities, are specific opportunities for specific indications. As of 2018, there were 92 open from the NIH alone.