Overview of FOAM

The Funding Opportunity Announcement Module (FOAM) is designed to help the ICs at NIH and our agency partners in developing, reviewing, approving and publishing Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).


  • The ability to establish, track, visualize, and monitor the FOA lifecycle, including critical business process events and deadline dates.
  • Configurable, reusable task workflows by IC.
  • The ability to Define task details including due dates, milestones, expiration dates, privileges, assignments, dependencies, and phases.
  • Customizable and editable content that provides a platform for online collaboration for developing defined content that conforms to built-in agency-level FOA templates.
  • Provides graphic display capability to visually display data.



  • Streamlines the process of creating a FOA.
  • Adds graphic display capability and other visual representations of data for FOAs, such as a display of milestones to monitor
  • Improves tracking and reporting by marking critical business process events and deadline dates.
  • Enables online collaboration with colleagues to develop and share data content.
  • Enables parallel reviews, comments and change tracking, along with the capability to upload and save documents.
  • Sends notifications to users based on events such as: FOA review/approval required; FOA reviewed/approved; milestone approaching; milestone missed.
Who can use FOAM?
  • Program Officials and others involved with the FOA development process.
  • FOA coordinators and NIH Guide Liaisons need the FOAM_ADMIN role. Other contributors receive access when assigned FOA tasks.
  • OEP Policy Reviewers