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Surgical Grants

The mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
The funding they have in the form of grants is to achieve their mission through research and research related activities such as career development, training, resource grants, and the like.
The field of surgery is certainly within this realm, and, as such, is certainly not excluded from many of the available grants.
Though surgical grants have a somewhat smaller award rate than other fields of medicine, they can still be found and awarded if you know where to look and how to apply.
The NIH is a great resource for both finding surgical grants and understanding how to best improve your chances of award through properly applying for the grant.
They provide a section on their website to walk people through each step and stage of the application and selection process.
Strongly encouraged by the NIH are projects that are 1) projects of high scientific caliber, 2) investigator-initiated research, and 3) unique research projects.
The quality of unique is mandatory.
Legally, the NIH cannot support a project that has already been funded or research that has already been completed.
They also cannot fund projects that gets funded from another, outside, organization.
Grants can be awarded to both individuals and institutions.
Foreign institutions or organizations may, generally speaking, apply for grants though they may not be eligible for some grants.
Eligibility for specific grants can be found in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
Imperative to the application process is a strict adherence to the due date of the grant.
The NIH expects all applications to be submitted on time.
When developing a submission plan, the institution administrators and the principal investigators should work together to decide: *What funding opportunity announcement should be used *Who will be responsible for completing the different forms in the application *How will the application file be shared between different contributors *When must the forms be completed in order to allow time for the actual submission.


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