Research Support vs. Other Support
Do not confuse "Research Support" with "Other Support." Though they sound similar, these parts of the application are very different.

As part of the biosketch section of the application, "Research Support" highlights your accomplishments, and those of your colleagues, as scientists. This information will be used by the reviewers in the assessment of each individual's qualifications for a specific role in the proposed project, as well as to evaluate the overall qualifications of the research team.

In contrast, "Other Support" information is required for all applications that are selected to receive grant awards. NIH staff will request complete and up-to-date "other support" information from you after peer review. This information will be used to check that the proposed research has not already been federally-funded.

Research Support
As Part D of the Biographical Sketch, list both selected ongoing and completed (during the last three years) research projects (Federal and/or non-Federal support). Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the research proposed in this application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and responsibilities of the key person identified on the Biographical Sketch. Note: Do not include number of person months or direct costs.
Information on Other Support beyond that required in the biographical sketch should NOT be submitted with the application. Otherwise, the application processing may be delayed or the application may be returned to the applicant without review.

Other Support
Information on Other Support is required for all applications that are to receive grant awards; NIH will request complete and up to date information from applicants at an appropriate time after peer review. NIH uses this information to consider how Key Personnel spend their time, if their plans are viable, and whether research projects overlap in any way. The Institute/Center scientific program and grants management staff will review this information prior to award. There is no form page for Other Support.
The following instructions should be followed in completing the information:

  • Information on active and pending Other Support is required for Key Personnel, excluding consultants.
    • Other support includes all active and pending funds from local, state, and federal agencies; private associations, nonfederal agencies, foundations, and companies; and institutional awards
  • For individuals with no active or pending support, indicate "None." Neither the application under consideration nor the current PHS award for this project should be listed as Other Support.
  • Do not include Other Support for individuals listed as "Other Significant Contributors" unless their involvement has changed so that they now meet the definition of "key personnel." 
  • If the support is provided under a consortium/subcontract arrangement or is part of a multiproject award, indicate the project number, principal investigator, and source for the overall project, and provide all other information for the subproject only.
Project Number: If applicable, include a code or identifier for the project.
Source: Identify the agency, institute, foundation, or other organization that is providing the support.
Major Goals: Provide a brief statement of the overall objectives of the project, subproject, or subcontract.
Dates of Approved/Proposed Project: Indicate the inclusive dates of the project as approved/proposed. For example, in the case of NIH support, provide the dates of the approved/proposed competitive segment.
Annual Direct Costs: In the case of an active project, provide the current year's direct cost budget. For a pending project, provide the proposed direct cost budget for the initial budget period.
Person Months: For an active project, provide the level of actual effort in person months (even if unsalaried) for the current budget period. Person months should be classified as academic, calendar and/or summer. For a pending project, indicate the level of effort in person months as proposed for the initial budget period. In cases where an individual's appointment is divided into academic and summer segments, indicate the proportion of each devoted to the project.
Overlap: After listing all support, summarize for each individual any potential overlap with the active or pending projects and this application in terms of the science, budget, or an individual's committed effort.

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