Submission and Peer Review of NIH Grant Applications

April 14th,  2022


This webinar will focus on the preparation of grant applications for submission to the NIH, how those applications are processed and routed, and then evaluated through the peer review process. We will discuss the importance of following both the SF424 application instructions as well as the instructions found in Section IV of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) of interest. In addition, the session will cover best practices and helpful tips to consider during application preparation to improve the chances of success. Participants will also be directed to specific resources to guide them through the application process.


Nick Gaiano, Ph.D.
Chief, Extramural Review Branch
National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Nick Gaiano

Dr. Nick Gaiano is Chief of the NIMH Extramural Review Branch, a position he obtained May 2018. Prior to joining NIMH, Nick was at the NIH Center for Scientific Review for six years, the first three as an scientific research officer and the second three as a review branch chief. Nick obtained his Ph.D. from MIT, did his post-doctoral training at NYU Medical Center, and then in 2002 moved to a faculty position at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. There his lab focused on the molecular regulation of cell fate determination during mammalian brain development. In 2012, after ten years of running a well-funded and productive research program, Nick sought a career change and has found the move to the NIH, and more recently to NIMH, interesting and enjoyable.