Frequently Asked Questions

What font do I use?
· Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface
· Black font color
· Font size of 11 points or larger
· A Symbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters (the font size
requirement still applies)

What are the margins?
· Use at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages

Where do I find the forms?
· For submissions using the grants.gov, form pages are no longer used. Please use a
standard word document and title each section (project narrative, abstract, etc.)

What are the page limits?
The standard page limits are below, PLEASE REFER to the guidelines if submitting to an RFA
· Project Summary/Abstract – 1 page
· Project Narrative – Couple of Sentences
· Specific Aims – 1 Page
· Research Strategy – 6 OR 12 Pages (depending on type of proposal)

How long can my title be?
· NIH and other PHS agencies limit title character length to 81 characters, including the
spaces between words and punctuation. Titles in excess of 81 characters will be
truncated. Be sure to only use standard characters in the descriptive title: A through Z, a
through z, 0 through 9, and underscore (_).

NIH SALARY CAP GUIDANCE FOR PROPOSED BUDGETS:
During the NCURA DRA conference held in September 2011, the visiting panel discussed how to address the NIH salary cap for proposed budgets. As a result, the UF College of Medicine has made the following changes, effectiveJanuary 2, 2012

For detailed budgets (budgets over $250,000): Request full salary and benefits according to the effort you propose to expend on the project. Escalation in outer years is recommended. NIH grant/contract awards for applications/proposals that request direct salaries of individuals in excess of the applicable RATE per year will be adjusted according to the legislative salary limitation and will include a notification that states the following: None of the funds in the award shall be used to pay the salary of an individual at a rate in excess of the current salary cap.

COMPETING grant applications and contract proposals that include a categorical breakdown in the budgetfigures/business proposal should continue to reflect the actual institutional base salary of all individuals for whom reimbursement is requested. In lieu of actual base salary, however, applicants/offerors may elect to provide an explanation indicating that actual institutional base salary exceeds the current salary limitation. When this information is provided, NIH staff will make necessary adjustments to requested salaries prior to award.

Other Suggestions:
Do not use headers or footers when submitting using grants.gov. The system will generate both
once the application is submitted.