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Special Instructions for Submitting K22 Applications from Unaffiliated Applicants using the SF424 (R&R)
These Instructions apply only to candidates applying to a K22 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that allows unaffiliated individuals to apply. These special instructions must be used in conjunction with the instructions provided in the particular FOA.
A. Instructions for Unaffiliated Applicants
There are several sets of instructions that will need to be followed for unaffiliated applicants.
In order to submit an application to NIH, unaffiliated applicants must register with both Grants.gov and eRA Commons, acting as their own "organizations". Essentially, they will be registering as if they were doing business as a contractor with the Federal Government. See specific instructions below.
B. Grants.gov Registration
NIH requires all applicants to have their own DUNS number. Unaffiliated candidates will need to register with Grants.gov as if they are Federal contractors and follow the organizational registration procedures. See http://www.grants.gov/applicants/register_your_organization.jsp for a checklist outlining steps for registering.
Please note that these procedures include registering with both Dun and Bradstreet to obtain a DUNS number, and with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR).
Unaffiliated candidates should NOT register as an individual with Grants.gov, or their applications will not be able to be processed by NIH.
Direct questions regarding Grants.gov registration to:
C. eRA Commons Registration
You will also need to register as your own business in the eRA Commons. To register as an unaffiliated candidate in the Commons, go to: https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/.
Account Information Fields: (Account Administrator is not required)
Fill in all your registration data and make sure you go to the bottom of the registration form and click on "Submit."
D. Special Instructions for Specific sections of the SF424 (R&R) Application
Unaffiliated candidates must also use these special instructions when completing an application. These are to be used in conjunction with the instructions found in the FOA and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.
D.1. Special Instructions for 4.2 Cover Component, Item 5. Applicant Information
D.2. Special Instructions for the SF424 (R&R) Detailed Budget Component
While a budget component is required for all “K” applications, for unaffiliated K22 candidates, budget information is limited to only specific items: