Revised 1/25/2018

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$500K Requests

Any applicant planning to submit a grant application with $500,000 or more in direct costs in any one budget year (excluding consortium F & A costs) is required to contact their Program Official (PO) and obtain agreement from the funding agency six (6) weeks prior to their application submission.

If the PO determines that they wish to receive the request through an electronic process, they will initiate an invitation to the PI which will open up a request in the Prior Approval module. The PI and the Notice of Award email of the organization on the invitation will receive an email notifying them of the invitation.

NOTE: The option to submit a $500K request will not be visible in the Prior Approval module of eRA Commons until the PO has initiated the invitation.

Select the Prior Approval tab in eRA Commons to begin the process.


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