NIH/AHRQ to Update/Post FOAs with New SF424 (R&R) and PHS 398 Electronic Forms

Notice Number: NOT-OD-06-078

Key Dates
Release Date: June 22, 2006

Update: The following updates relating to this announcement have been issued:

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and NIH/AHRQ recently have made changes to the standard SF424 (R&R) and agency-specific PHS 398 electronic form components used for the electronic submission of grant applications. The forms changes provide greater consistency between forms and align the forms with current policy.

Among the changes are:

The forms changes will be included in all new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) that NIH/AHRQ posts. Over the next few months, NIH/AHRQ also will update existing FOAs that use the older forms and are open for multiple receipt dates.

Until all FOAs can be modified to use the new forms, we will need to maintain and support two form packages and their associated application instructions.

Our forms update plan and its affect on applicants is as follows:

The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, the NIH Electronic Submission of Grant Applications website and the eSubmission listservs will be used as the primary communication channels for these activities. This notice serves as a “heads-up” of our future implementation plans. Additional notices will be sent when these updates take place. When changes are made to the FOAs, anyone that subscribed to receive notification of changes when they downloaded an application package also will receive an automated email from

The following resources continue to be available for assistance in the electronic submission of grant applications to NIH/AHRQ through

General Information: Customer Support
Phone: 800-518-4726
Hours: M-F 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. ET

eRA Service Desk
Phone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)
TTY: 301-451-5939
Hours: M-F 7:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m


Inquiries regarding this Notice should be directed to:

Grants Info
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
Phone: 301-710-0267
TTY: 301-451-5936

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