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Decoding RFAs, RFPs, and PAs

Charlotte Flipp Division of Epidemiology

Anne Everett Division of Epidemiology

Kevin McKoskey Sponsored Projects Administration


Topics for discussion
Topics for Discussion

  • PA (Program Announcement)

  • RFA (Request for Application)

  • RFP (Request for Proposal)


Top 3 things to do when working on pas rfas and rfps
Top 3 Things To Do When Working on PAs, RFAs, and RFPs

  • Read the announcement

  • For RFAs and RFPs send copies to your GA ASAP

  • Read the announcement


Program announcement pa
Program Announcement (PA)

  • Identifies areas of increased priority and/or emphasis on particular funding mechanisms for a specific area of science

  • Usually accepted on standard receipt (postmarked) dates on an on-going basis

  • Remains active for three years from date of release unless the announcement indicates a specific expiration


Program announcement pa continued
Program Announcement (PA)(Continued)

  • Method of submission (grants.gov, paper)

  • Executive Summary includes mechanism of support, budget/project lengths, general information

  • Special Types

    • PAR: A PA with special receipt, referral and/or review considerations, as described in the PAR announcements

    • PAS: A PA that includes specific set-aside funds as described in the PAS announcement


Request for application rfa
Request for Application (RFA)

  • Identifies a more narrowly defined area for which one or more NIH institutes have set aside funds for awarding grants

  • Usually has a single receipt (received on or before) date specified in the RFA announcement

  • May require letter of intent prior to proposal submission


Request for application rfa continued
Request for Application (RFA) (Continued)

  • If paper submission multiple submit to addresses

  • Usually reviewed by a Scientific Review Group convened by the issuing awarding component

  • Key to provide SPA notice and copy of RFA early in the process


Request for application rfa continued1
Request for Application (RFA) (Continued)

  • Specific budgetary information imbedded in announcement (Steering committee meetings, Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) meetings, conference calls, etc.)

  • Executive Summary includes mechanism of support, budget/project lengths, general information


Request for proposal rfp
Request for Proposal (RFP)

  • Solicits contract proposals. An RFP usually has one receipt date, as specified in RFP solicitation

  • Letter of Intent usually required to be sent to NIH

  • Distinct separation of Technical Proposal from Business Proposal


Request for proposal rfp continued
Request for Proposal (RFP) (Continued)

  • Specific packaging and delivery of proposal instructions

  • Statement of Work is clearly and specifically defined

  • Budget to be completed on the NIH contract forms (Excel spreadsheet)

  • Technical Proposal Cost Summary is usually also required


Request for proposal rfp continued1
Request for Proposal (RFP) (Continued)

  • SPA needs to complete Institutional forms (Rep & Certs,)

  • Small Business Plan if required

  • Usually requires copies of U/M annual report, F & A rate agreement, etc..

  • Key to notify and get SPA a copy early in process


Top 3 things to do when working on pas rfas and rfps1
Top 3 Things To Do When Working on PAs, RFAs, and RFPs

  • Read the announcement

  • For RFAs and RFPs send copies to your GA ASAP

  • Read the announcement


Decoding RFAs, RFPs, and PAsCharlotte Flipp Division of EpidemiologyAnne Everett Division of EpidemiologyKevin McKoskey Sponsored Projects Administration

  • Any questions?

  • Thank you!


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