NIH to Require Use of Updated Electronic Application Forms for Due Dates on or after September 25, 2013

Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-074

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

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Release Date: May 30, 2013

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The purpose of this Guide Notice is to alert applicants that NIH is transitioning to updated electronic application forms packages. The new packages will be identified with a Competition ID of FORMS-C and will include the form changes documented at:

For due dates on or after September 25, 2013, all applicants will be required to use FORMS-C packages, with the exceptions noted below. The requirement includes electronic applications submitted under the continuous submission policy, administrative supplement requests (Type 3), change of organization requests (Type 6) and change of grantee/training institution requests (Type 7) submitted September 25, 2013 and beyond. Multi-project applications that are transitioning to electronic submission beginning with the September 25, 2013 due dates (see NOT-OD-13-075) will also use FORMS-C packages.


The programs noted below will move to FORMS-C application packages as follows:


NIH  periodically implements updated versions of federal-wide SF424 (R&R) and agency-specific (PHS) grant application forms in order to remain current with the most recent form sets available through and approved by the Office of Management and Budget.

Beginning this July, the updated forms will be incorporated into new and existing Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). FOAs published between now and July that have submission due dates on or after September 25, 2013, will be posted without application packages. NIH will make every effort to post the FORMS-C application packages with the FOA at least 60 days in advance of the due date.



Please direct all inquiries to:

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Telephone: 301-435-0714


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