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Applying Electronically

Most competing "single project" (e.g R01, R03) and "multi-project" (e.g. P50, P01) grant programs at NIH now require electronic application submission. Applicant organizations submit their applications to and must track their applications as they move from to the eRA Commons, NIH's system for grants administration, to complete the submission process.There are several electronic options to submit your application to NIH.

You can use the ASSIST system to prepare, submit and track your application online. You can download an application package from, complete the forms offline, submit the completed forms to and track your application in eRA Commons. Or, you can use other institutional system-to-system solutions to prepare and submit your application to and track your application in eRA Commons. Learn more.

Regardless of the submission option chosen, the process follows the same basic steps.

Applying ElectronicallyPrepare to Appy & Register Find & Initiate an Application Single Project - Prepare an Application Single Project - Submit, Track, & View Application Multi-Project - Prepare, Validate & Submit Application Multi-Project - Track an Application

Make Sure To...

  • Register early! Registration at both and eRA Commons is required, can take 8 weeks or more and MUST be completed before the submission deadline. Learn more.
    • Verify that your organization is registered with the new System for Award Management (SAM). You must maintain an active entity registration. This registration must be renewed annually through the web site. Use the "Manage Entity" function to manage your entity registrations. See the Grants Registrations User Guide at for additional information.
  • Carefully follow the requirements found in the application guide and funding opportunity announcement. Instructions in the FOA supersede those found in the application guide.
  • Check your application for common errors before you submit (use our Annotated Forms for extra tips).
  • Correct any errors or warnings before the submission deadline.
  • Verify that your application is viewable in the eRA Commons. If you cannot view the application in the Commons, NIH can't review it!
  • Submit early. The best way to reduce stress and ensure successful submission is to submit well ahead of the due date.