PIs: Wondering which NIH Institute or Study Section to suggest for your June 5 R01 application? The LikeThis tool could help you.
Principal Investigators, if you are focused on the June 5 R01 submission deadline and are considering which NIH Institute or study section to list as a preference in your cover letter, a new eRA search tool, ‘LikeThis,’ can help.
LikeThis is available as a link in eRA Commons once you log in.
You can enter scientific text from your grant application into LikeThis (the data remains confidential) to find similar grants, including the name of the NIH funding Institute as well as a list of the study sections where these were reviewed.
Alternatively, you can access your previously funded or unfunded grants from the ‘My Applications’ tab in LikeThis to find similarly funded grants.
Please note that a PI’s preference is one of several factors considered when an application is assigned to a scientific review group and Institute for funding consideration. The funding opportunity announcement, activity code and other factors, including conflict of interest for review assignments may take precedence over a PI’s request.
Steps for locating Institute and Study Section in similar grants, using LikeThis:
Figure 1: Screenshot displays similar funded grants and the circled columns display the awarding Institute/Center and the study sections that reviewed the applications.
If you want to locate similar grants using your own applications or grants:
Coming in July 2012: LikeThis to be opened to Signing Officials
Send your feedback or questions to the LikeThis mailbox.