Prepare an Application
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Application guides are available on the SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information page. Links to the application guides can also be found in all funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and when downloading the application package from Grants.gov.
There are multiple application guides available. Carefully choose the correct guide for your application.
Remember: Any instructions specific to an opportunity are found in the Application and Submission Information section (IV) of the FOA and supercede instructions in the application guide. Applicants should also pay close attention to the Related Notices section of the FOA for additional policy changes, clarifications and guidance posted since the FOA was issued.
When completing your application, be careful to avoid Grants.gov and eRA Commons errors! Errors stop an application from moving forward in the electronic submission process, but most errors can be easily avoided. See our Avoiding Common Errors page for more information.
For applicants who are interested in a higher level of detail, NIH provides a detailed list of every business rule that is enforced by the eRA System on our Validations page.