NIH Announces an Adjustment to Transition Timeline for Electronic Submission of Multi-Project Applications

Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-075

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

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Release Date: May 30, 2013

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This Notice announces an adjustment to the timeline to transition NIH’s multi-project applications to electronic submission using the SF424 R&R (Research and Research Related) form set.


Since 2005, NIH has been transitioning its grant programs to electronic submission of applications through the fed-wide portal,, using the SF424 (R&R) form set. In 2010, NIH completed the transition for all its grant programs, except NIH’s complex, multi-project applications.

NIH has been piloting a new submission system (ASSIST) with select FOAs since January 2013 (see timeline). Feedback from the pilot has been used to improve the submission process and enhance the ASSIST user experience. Applicant organizations which use system-to-system solutions will be able to use those services for submitting multi-project applications into if the provider offers that service.

Transition Plan

The transition will be done by activity code.  As each activity code transitions, all applications submitted in response to funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for programs with that activity code will require electronic submission (including new, resubmission, renewal and revision applications).

Updated plans/milestones are as follows:

NIH will continue to communicate transition plan changes as they evolve and will provide the community with ample notice of impending events. 


Please direct all inquiries to:

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Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
Telephone: 301-435-0714


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