Application Calendar for the FY 2024 Cycle*

Part 1 - Submit to

March 27, 2023 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens

Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal

March 30-April 6, 2023 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Earliest Announcement of Award or Rejection

November 2023

Earliest Start Date for Proposed Project

January 1, 2024

*We plan to use these same guidelines for up to three years, to coincide with the NEA’s FY 2022-2026 Research Agenda. As such, we expect these instructions to be used also for the FY 2025 and FY 2026 competitions, which will have deadlines in late March 2024 and late March 2025, respectively. Deadlines for FYs 2025 and 2026, respectively, will be posted in January 2024 and January 2025. Please monitor our website for updates.

Before applying, your organization must create and maintain up-to-date registrations with both the System for Award Management (SAM) at and Registering and maintaining accounts with SAM and is always FREE. See How to Apply for more information.

Registration in and can take several weeks. Give yourself plenty of time to get registered. Similarly, submit your application to well in advance of the deadline in case you encounter any difficulties.

Late, ineligible, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Exceptions to the deadline will be considered only for registration or renewal issues or technical malfunctions that are the result of failures on the part of SAM,, or NEA systems, as determined by the NEA. To be considered for this exception, you must provide documentation of a SAM,, or NEA systems failure that prevented your submission by the deadline. 

In the event of an emergency (e.g., a hurricane or a SAM,, or NEA systems technological failure), the NEA Chair may adjust application deadlines for affected applicants. If a deadline is extended for any reason, an announcement will be posted on our website.

Do not seek information on the status of your application before the announcement date that is listed above.

The NEA is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.

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