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What do I need to know before submitting a clinical research application?

Information in the remainder of this section should help to answer many of your questions about submitting a clinical research application.  NHLBI 

National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI)
a NIH 
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
the United State's medical research agency, a federal government agency composed of diverse Institutes and Centers that conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research. NIH Homepage.
Institute that provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, lung, and blood as well as blood resources, sleep disorders and the Woman's Health Initiative. NHLBI Homepage.
staff are available to speak with you about your ideas or to guide you through policies or processes that may be confusing.  Feel free to contact any staff member.  This is not an imposition – it is part of our mission to help facilitate research of all kinds.  If the person that you originally contacted cannot help you, he or she will connect you with someone who can.  (See “Which NHLBI staff can help me?")

In general, it takes sufficient time and organization to write a grant 

financial assistance mechanism providing money, property, or both to an eligible entity to carry out an approved project or activity. A grant is used whenever the NIH Institute or Center anticipates no substantial programmatic involvement with the recipient during performance of the financially assisted activities.
application. Writing can take 3-6 months depending on many factors. From the time it is received at NIH, it can take approximately 9 more months until you get funded. NIAID has prepared a Timeline to help you in your preparations.

Information on general grants issues and clinical research can be found on various NIH and NHLBI websites.  Here are a few to help you get started:

The NIH Office of Extramural Research ( OER 

Office of Extramural Research (OER)
a NIH office that supports extramural research by providing policy and guidance to the NIH ICs that award grants and assisting investigators through the process of attaining grants funding and helping them understand and navigate through federal policies and procedures. OER Homepage
) provides information on funding opportunities, grants policy, forms and deadlines. The OER Human Subjects Web Site: FAQs from Applicants is another good source of information.   

NHLBI provides additional information on Funding, Training and Policies that may be applicable to NHLBI-funded research.

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