Research and Funding

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I write a cover memo with my application?


It is a good idea to write a cover memo if you have discussed the application with a Program Officer from the NIA and she or he feels it would be relevant to NIA program emphases.

If you want to point out to the Assignment & Referral Officer particular types of expertise that would be needed for appropriate scientific review that may not be obvious from the abstract, please use the PHS Assignment Request Form.

Applicants should use the new assignment request form if they choose to:

  • request assignment to an institute/center for funding consideration
  • request assignment to a particular study section for initial peer review
  • identify individuals they do not think should review their application
  • identify scientific areas of expertise needed to review their application