The More You Know: Letters of Intent for Applications

Certain FOAs may include a provision requesting or advising that prospective applicants submit a letter of intent prior to application submission. These letters should briefly describe the proposed projects and whether plans touch on special policy areas (human subjects, clinical, or animal research).

At minimum a letter of intent should include the following items:

  • Descriptive title of proposed research
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the PI(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institutions
  • Number and title of the funding opportunity

Please note that a letter of intent is not required, not binding, and does not enter into the review of an application. Contact information for the addressee can be found on the program announcement.

NIH reminds all applicants that budgets in excess of $500,000 (excluding consortium F&A costs) for any year of the project require prior approval from IC programmatic staff no less than six weeks before the anticipated submission date. Applicants should include relevant information regarding the approval in the cover letter of the submitted application.

Questions and concerns should be directed to your OSP specialist.