Innovation in Regulatory Science

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I determine if I am eligible to submit a proposal? 
Review the eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and terms of the grant, and then take the eligibility quiz.  If you meet the eligibility requirements on the quiz, you will be immediately directed to begin the application process.

Can I contact BWF to determine my eligibility?
It is the responsibility of applicants to read the published guidelines and FAQs to determine eligibility.  The FAQs are updated regularly in response to questions received.  BWF staff will do their best to respond to every inquiry, but will prioritize those questions that are not already clearly addressed in the published guidelines. Please do not contact BWF to ask if we can make an exception to clearly stated guidelines. To ensure a timely response, please email your questions to the program contacts provided.

I do not have a tenure-track position. Am I eligible for this award?
Possibly, as long as you hold a faculty appointment, or adjunct faculty appointment, at an accredited, degree-granting institution in the U.S. or Canada. It does not need to be a tenure-track position.

I’m currently a postdoc. Am I eligible for this award?
No.

I am a temporary resident of the United States. Am I eligible for this award?
Possibly. Temporary residents of the U.S. who are legally qualified to work in the U.S. are eligible. Candidates who are temporary U.S. residents must hold a valid U.S. visa (J-1, H1B, F-1 or O-1 visas). If a grant is awarded and your visa does not allow for such a stay, BWF may terminate the grant. BWF will not intercede on behalf of non-citizens whose stay in the U.S. may be limited by their visa status.

I am a temporary resident of Canada. Am I eligible for this award?
Possibly. Temporary residents of Canada who are legally qualified to work in Canada are eligible. Temporary Canadian residents must hold a valid Canadian visa (Study Permit, C-43, C44, C-10, or C-20 work permits/visas). If a grant is awarded and your visa does not allow for such a stay, BWF may terminate the grant. BWF will not intercede on behalf of non-citizens whose stay in the U.S. may be limited by their visa status.

The eligibility requirements mention that the primary investigator must be based at a non-profit institution [501(c3) or equivalent] in the U.S. or Canada. What is a 501(c)(3)?
According to the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, a 501(c)(3) organization is an American tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. Almost all degree-granting institutions are classified as such, as are most research institutes. You will need to check with your institutional officials, usually called the grants and contracts office or the sponsored programs office, etc., to confirm your institution’s classification. BWF cannot make this determination for you.

I’m at an independent research institute. Am I eligible for this award?
Possibly. You must be based at a non-profit institution [501(c3) or equivalent] in the U.S. or Canada, and hold a faculty appointment, or adjunct faculty appointment, at an accredited, degree-granting institution in the U.S. or Canada. If you hold such an appointment and your research institute is a non-profit institution [501(c)(3) or equivalent] in the U.S. or Canada, you are eligible.

I’m a past BWF grantee. Am I eligible for this award?
Yes, as long as you meet all the eligibility requirements for the program.

Is the BWF application deadline firm?
Yes, the application deadline is firm.

Do I need to submit a preproposal prior to submitting a full application?
No. We are no longer requesting a preproposal for the Innovation in Regulatory Awards program.

Can I submit a paper application?
No. BWF requires that all applications for this program be submitted electronically. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Can I submit more than one application?
No.

Do I need to be nominated by my institution to submit a preproposal?
No.  You may self-nominate for the preproposal.  If you are selected to submit a full application, you will need to obtain approval from your institution. All full applications must be approved by an official responsible for sponsored programs at the institution where the work will be performed (generally from the institution’s grants and contracts office, office of research, or sponsored programs office).

What is an e-signature?
BWF considers an electronic signature (or e-signature) to be either an image of a person’s actual signature (a scanned signature) or an official digital signature. Typing a person’s name or initials into a form is not acceptable.

I am a permanent resident. What documentation is required to verify my residency status?
BWF doesn’t require documentation of your permanent residency for the preproposal.  If you are selected to submit a full application, your institution must verify your permanent residency status by completing and signing the Institutional Certification Form (ICF). The completed, signed ICF is required and must be uploaded to the full application as part of the combined PDF file prior to submission by the deadline.

How do I name the combined PDF file?
Use the following naming convention for the combined file: Last Name, First Name – IRSA Preproposal (e.g., Smith, Sarah – IRSA Preproposal). Be sure to save a copy of the completed documents for your records.

Can I include cover letters or supplemental materials with my preproposal?
Do not include a cover letter or supplemental materials. If extra materials are included, your preproposal will be rejected out of fairness to all applicants.

I completed my application. How do I submit?
Once the application has been completed and all attachments have been uploaded, click the "Review and Submit" button at the bottom of the last page of the application. Review your application. If the application is not missing required items, a “Submit” button should be available at the bottom of the page. If a submit button is not available, the application is missing (one or more) required fields or attachments. Any missing items should be noted in red near the top of the page. Once you have completed all required items and clicked the “Submit” button, you will receive an email confirmation. You must click the "Submit" button to receive the confirmation. Contact the program staff immediately if you do not receive the email confirmation.

Can I change my application once submitted?
No. Once your application is submitted, it cannot be changed.

What internet browsers are compatible with the BWF Grant Submission System?
Most internet browsers are compatible with the Grant Submission System including, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari (for Mac), and Google Chrome.

I forgot my user ID/password. What should I do?
For a forgotten password or user ID, access the grant submission system log-in screen and click the forgotten password link.

How can I convert a document to a PDF file?
You can use standard word processing software (e.g., MS Word, WordPerfect) to prepare the documents for your application. However, you MUST convert ALL documents to portable document format (PDF) files.  The grant submission system acceptable file format is PDF. More information about PDFs is provided on this website - visit Troubleshooting PDFs.
A list of PDF generator software is available on the grants.gov website.  Please note that BWF does not endorse or take responsibility for any PDF generator software programs used by the applicants in the application process.

What is the Institutional Certification Form/Template?

  • Indicates institutional approval of your application.
  • May be downloaded and completed in advance, from the Forms and Resources link on the Full Application site.
  • Must be completed and signed by the institution’s sponsored programs (grants/contracts/research) office and whose name you will enter in your online application.
  • Signature may be electronic-either an image of a person's actual signature (scanned) or an official digital signature. Typed names or initials are not acceptable.
  • Must be included in the order specified in the Proposal Elements, in the combined PDF file, and attached to the online application.

What is the Signature Page Form/Template?

  • Includes contact information for the investigator(s) and required signatures for the application.
  • May be downloaded and completed in advance, from the Forms and Resources link.
  • Must be completed and signed by the primary and any co-investigator(s).
  • Signatures may be electronic-either an image of a person's actual signature (scanned) or an official digital signature. Typed names or initials are not acceptable.
  • Must be included in the order specified in the Proposal Elements, in the combined PDF file, and attached to the online application.

How many co-investigators can be included in the preproposal?
A total of three (3) co-investigators can be included in one application. One person must be designated as the primary investigator and this person must meet all eligibility requirements for the program.

Can co-investigators be located at different institutions?
Yes. However, the primary investigator must be based at a non-profit institution [501(c3)] in the U.S. or Canada, which will be the administering institution for the award. The primary investigator must meet all eligibility requirements for the program.