While they might sound similar, “Research Support” and “Other Support” serve very different functions within the grant application.
Research Support is a section of the biographical sketch and serves to highlight the investigator’s scientific accomplishments. Applicants should list selected ongoing and completed federal and/or non-federal research projects during the last three years, starting with those projects most relevant to the research proposed in the application. This information is then used by reviewers to assess both the individual and team qualifications of those involved in the proposed project.
Other Support is required by NIH for the vast majority of applications selected to receive grant awards. The document provides complete and updated information to NIH staff after peer review has been conducted to evaluate how key personnel spend their time, whether the proposed plans are viable, and whether research projects overlap in any way.
For further information on both Research Support and Other Support, please visit the OSP website.