a2 Pilot Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Data Sharing and IP
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Funding and Terms
How do I fill out the detailed budget form required in the Round 2 application?

The detailed budget form, an annotated detailed budget with instructions for completing the form, and a sample budget justification are all available on the a2 Pilot Awards Applicant Resources page here and linked on the Round 2 application. Additional NIH guidelines on developing your budget are available here. For applications involving multiple institutions, a separate detailed budget (Form Page 4) and budget justification should be submitted for each institution. Specific questions about project budget are best directed to the AITC.

Can budget estimates change from the Round 1 application to the Round 2 application?

Yes. The direct costs maximum is $200,000 and individual AITCs may impose additional restrictions on direct costs or request amendments to project budgets. Additional costs may be required to utilize AITC resources and must be included in the submitted budget. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the relevant AITC in advance of submitting a Round 2 application to ensure the required budget and budget justification accurately reflect the cost structure of AITC resources.

Does the NIH cap apply to personnel included in the detailed budget?

Yes. The NIH salary cap applies. To ensure the budget accurately reflects the total amount requested for the project, we recommend limiting salary to the Executive Level II cap.

Is there any limit on the amount of subcontractor funds in the required budget?

No specific restriction applies. Subcontractors should be commensurate with need.