The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary funder for sponsored research conducted at Yale University. NIH contract opportunities are made available through solicitations, named Requests for Proposals (RFP) or Broad Agency Announcements (BAA). These solicitations may be found on FedBizOpps, the NIH RFP Directory, or individual NIH Institutes websites. Solicitations are continually updated to respond to submitted questions and amend crucial information regarding the submission requirements. Therefore, it is important to register for email notifications on selected solicitations to be a part of these updates when they occur. In addition, it is beneficial to return to the solicitation posting to ensure all updates were captured.
Content format specifications should be thoroughly followed as they can include very specific towards margins, font sizes, page limits, organization and file format. This information is generally located in the RFP and BAA appendix.
It is important to allow sufficient time for the review of the RFP or BAA instructions thoroughly in OSP and for the preparation of the contract, as the components are generally more complex than those of a grant.