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About NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), (under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) is the primary U.S. agency dealing with, and the largest source of funding for, medical research in the world.

NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with specific research agendas and interests often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. All but three receive their funding directly from Congress and administer their own budgets.

Researchers from Canadian universities are eligible for many NIH funding opportunities. Please consult OSR staff early for more information on submitting to the NIH.

Please also note, the NIH Financial Conflict of Interest tutorial was designed by the National Institutes of Health to provide education training on what constitutes a financial conflict of interest. It provides guidance on the proper policies and practices regarding these issues and is required for anyone involved with an NIH funded project. Please visit the NIH’s website to take the online tutorial.

Please see McGill’s policy concerning the Regulation on Conflicts of Interest here


General information for McGill applicants

  • Only an Authorized Representative from McGill is eligible to sign and transmit your proposal via Grants.gov. Please do NOT create a registration for McGill or a login and password.
  • Project Directors/Principal Investigators (PD/PI) and any individuals with a Postdoctoral Role and one month of measurable effort are required to have an eRA Commons User Name. To obtain one, please contact: martyn [dot] liness [at] mcgill [dot] ca.
  • As per NIH policy, indirect costs for foreign institutions from NIH funding must be calculated at 8% on total direct costs, minus each item of equipment over $5,000.
  • If you are proposing a subcontract with another institution, the complete grant and budget must be submitted to the OSR three weeks before the agency deadline. Additional documentation will be required from the subcontracting institution prior to final submission.
  • Each grant involving a Canadian institution must include a foreign justification section which explains “whether the [proposed] project presents special opportunities for furthering research programs through the use of unusual talent, resources, populations, or environmental conditions that exist in other countries and are not readily available outside of the United States or augment existing U.S. resources.” If you are applying to a parent (i.e. ‘open’) competition you should also explain how the project has specific relevance to the mission and objectives of an NIH institute and its potential for significantly advancing the health sciences in the U.S. Remember: both review panel and the institutes’ scientific staff will be using this justification to determine whether they are interested in using their (American) monies to fund your (Canadian) research activity.

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