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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health

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FOAs Now Known as NOFOs

NIH is joining other federal agencies in using the term “notices of funding opportunities (NOFOs)” instead of “funding opportunity announcements (FOAs),” in an effort to standardize terminology across the government. A NOFO is a formal announcement inviting grant award applications from extramural investigators. For years, NIH has referred to these as FOAs. NIH is changing its nomenclature, effective immediately. 

NIH advertises available grant support through funding opportunities that provide information on the award, who is eligible to apply, the evaluation criteria for selection of an awardee, required components of an application and how to submit an application.

NIH funding opportunities can be found on and

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