The Advance to Funding (ATF) Program is a pre-submission mock grant review process for faculty who are submitting their R-type application to the NIH. The ATF Program provides the opportunity to submit their R-type grant proposals for a mock review and for scientific editing prior to submission to the funding agency.
Applicants of this program will receive insight into the grant review process and help to improve their science and format of their applications, thereby increasing their chances for success. The process requires internal submission of planned R application usually at least two-months in advance of NIH deadlines.
For this cycle only, applications will be considered one month in advance of the NIH A1 deadline (July 5). This will be an expedited review of revised applications. Up to 3 ATF reviewers will then discuss the applications during a teleconference and provide verbal, as well as, written suggested feedback for incorporation into the final proposal. It is suggested that both PIs and, their mentor (if possible), attend the teleconferenced mock study section where the grants are discussed.
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