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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest.  Continuing to use application forms beyond the expiration date, plans to update application guide instructions, help desk rebranding and browser support for eRA systems are among the topics covered in this edition.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. Submission options, managing application access in ASSIST, importance of keeping eRA Commons profiles up-to-date and tips for creating system-friendly PDF attachments are among the topics covered in this edition.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. eRA Commons profile changes related to animal welfare assurance numbers, a new PHS Additional Indirect Costs form for multi-project applications and straight talk about application requirements are among the topics covered in this edition.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The NIH's ability to issue competing and non-competing awards may be delayed for two weeks from May 19, 2015 until June 3, 2015 due to software upgrades to NIH accounting and business systems. Examples of activities that may be impacted include: issuance of awards; establishment or changes to Employer Identification Numbers; processing of No Cost Extensions; and processing of Fellowship activations. See NOT-OD-15-088 for additional information.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Eye on NIH Policy:  OMB Uniform Guidance - What It Means for NIH & You

Presentation Video and Interactive Q&A
Thursday, March 12, 2015
1:30-2:30pm EDT

Learn more about recent and upcoming changes to NIH policy as a result of the publication of HHS' regulations implementing OMB's Uniform Guidance, and how it affects the grants process.  The video and Q&A combination provides a great opportunity to get clarification and additional information from NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) policy officials. 

Participation is as Easy as 1…2…3…:

1.      Watch the pre-recorded PPT Presentation Video at your convenience (approximately 30 minutes long).
2.      Develop any questions you have for NIH policy experts.
3.      Register for the Interactive Q&A and either ask questions in advance, ask during the live event on March 12, or just listen in.

Find out more at

Friday, February 27, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. How to submit budget forms for subawards that are not active for all periods of the prime, determining if an application fits within a direct cost limit and timeline for ASSIST support of single-project applications are among the topics covered in this edition.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Over 65 Grants Management, Program, Review and Policy officials from NIH & HHS will be on hand to share their expertise and answer your questions at the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, Maryland.  This unique event includes a 2-day seminar (May 7-8) and four optional pre-seminar workshops (May 6).  The workshops are filling fast, so check out the agenda details to see if the specific training you need, is offered.  General registration rates are available until April 3.  After that, late rates apply so don’t wait.  Research trainees (postdocs and graduate students can save an additional $50 with proof of status.)  The NIH Regional Seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the NIH grants process, including policies, on-line tools and resources, the eRA Commons, Peer Review and so much more!  For more information, visit the NIH Regional Seminar-Baltimore website at

Thursday, February 5, 2015

NIH is currently revising the policy requirements in the NIH Grants Policy Statement to align with DHHS's regulations (45 CFR Part 75) implementing OMB's Uniform Guidance. The NIH Interim Grant General Conditions document must be used until those revisions are in place. These conditions are effective for Notices of Award issued on/after December 26, 2014 that obligate new or supplemental funds. (NOT-OD-15-065; FAQs)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Applicants now have the option to use NIH's online ASSIST system to prepare and submit their R03 and R21 grant applications. ASSIST users benefit from pre-submission checks against NIH business rules and the ability to preview their application image in the NIH format prior to submission. Use of ASSIST is optional - downloadable forms and institutional system-to-system solutions remain viable submission options, as well. (NOT-OD-15-062)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NIH and AHRQ grant application due dates that fall on or between February 13 and February 18, 2015 will move to February 19, 2015 to accommodate a extended outage over the Presidents Day weekend. (NOT-OD-15-057)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. Availability of ASSIST for R03 and R21 applications, expansion of Unicode support to include application form fields, and February due date adjustments to accommodate extended downtime are among the topics covered in this edition.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Registration is now open for the 2015 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration taking place in Baltimore, Maryland.  Along with the 2-Day Seminar, May 7 & 8, the NIH is offering optional pre-seminar workshops on May 6.  Session tracks for the 2-Day Seminar, May 7 & 8 include topics for both administrators, new investigators, and anyone new or with limited experience working with NIH.  This seminar provides a comprehensive overview straight from NIH and HHS Program, Grants Management, Review, and Policy officials. In addition to the 2-Day Seminar, the NIH is offering optional pre-seminar workshops on May 6.  Register today at

Monday, January 12, 2015

NOT-OD-15-053 provides an updated diversity statement that describes NIH's interest in the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

NOT-OD-15-054 provides information on the statutory provisions that limit the use of funds on NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract awards for FY 2015.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. Simplified late policy, important submission reminders, ASSIST becoming an option for most NIH grant programs in 2015 and future NIH seminar are among the topics covered in this edition.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mark your calendar for the 2015 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, Maryland – May 6-8, 2015.  This 2-day seminar, with an optional 3rd day of pre-seminar workshops, is ideal for anyone in the extramural research community who is new to working with NIH grants:  administrators, new and early stage investigators, grant writers, etc.  Registration will open in early 2015.  In the meantime, access more information and a listserv option at  Note: If these dates don’t work for you, a 2nd seminar will be offered in late summer or early fall of 2015 in San Diego, California. NIH Guide Notice: NOT-OD-15-042.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. Updated grant application resources, SciENcv, and Commons ID requirement for Fellowship sponsors are among the topics covered in this edition.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NOT-OD-15-015 revises the definition of clinical trial, clarifying the distinction between clinical trials and clinical research studies and is designed to enhance the precision of the information NIH collects, tracks, and reports on clinical trials.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

As of October 17, 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires grantees to submit all type 5 progress reports using the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) module in eRA Commons. Annual progress reports submitted in any format other than the RPPR will not be processed by the NIH and will require resubmission through the RPPR. For additional information and links to related announcements and resources, visit NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-014.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NIH is providing special accommodations for application submission and grant reporting for program directors/principal investigators responding to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. See NOT-OD-15-010 for details.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including NIH, operates under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.J.Res. 124) signed by President Obama on September 19, 2014.  This Act (CR) continues government operations through December 11, 2014 at 99.9 percent of the FY 2014 enacted level. See for more info.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest.Systematic application compliance checking, a new Tips for Electronic Grant Submission Success video, and important reminder to Early Stage Investigators are among the topics covered in this edition.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Last year, NIH announced that we are moving to a system that uses subaccounts, meaning that grantees draw down funds from award-specific accounts in the Payment Management System (PMS). Now, as described in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-103, "Revised Timeline for Administrative Changes to NIH Domestic Awards to Transition to Payment Management System Subaccounts," this implementation timeline has been revised. Please read the full NIH Guide notice for details. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. form behavior changes, inclusion data form reminders, website changes and tips for avoiding Adobe pop-ups at time of submission are among the topics covered in this edition.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NIH currently requires use of the RPPR module to submit progress reports for Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP), fellowship, and multi-year funded awards. This requirement will be extended to all type 5 non-SNAP progress reports as well, beginning with type 5 non-SNAP progress reports submitted on or after October 17, 2014. See the NIH Guide for details.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

On April 17, 2014, NIH and AHRQ announced a change in policy on application submissions in the NIH Guide.

 Effective immediately, for application due dates after April 16, 2014:

  • Following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date.

  • The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new (A0) application to any previously reviewed submission when accepting an application for review.

  • Although a new (A0) application does not allow an introduction or responses to the previous reviews, the NIH and AHRQ encourage applicants to refine and strengthen all application submissions.

​The policy is described in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-074 and NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-082. Be sure to also check out our page of frequently asked questions about resubmission of NIH applications.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest . Project Title length, system support for Unicode, Fellowship application reference letters and Change of Institution requests are among the topics covered in this edition.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Registration for the 2014 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration is in full swing.  Offered only once this year, the event will take place in Baltimore, MD (June 25-27).  There is still time to save some extra money with the Early Bird Registration Rate through Monday, March 17.  NIH Regional Seminar participants experience an unparalleled opportunity to gain a better perspective of NIH policies, programs, and the grants process directly from NIH & HHS officials, network with peers, gather helpful NIH contacts, and to return to the office or lab with useful information, resources, and tools to assist in obtaining and managing NIH awards. Additional Trainee Discount for Postdocs, Predocs, and Grad Students. For more information, see the 2014 NIH Regional Seminar website.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

NIH will expand to all institutions the opportunity to submit type 5 non-SNAP progress reports using the RPPR on April 25. NIH anticipates requiring all grantee institutions to use the RPPR for non-SNAP progress reports beginning on October 17, 2014. Read the Notice for details. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

On January 17, President Obama signed the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Public Law 113-76) into law, which provides funding to NIH for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.

The following related guide notices describe NIH implementation of this legislative mandate, and the 2014 fiscal policy:

  • NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2014 (NOT-OD-14-055)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2014 (NOT-OD-14-046)
  • Notice of Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts (NOT-OD-14-052)
  • Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY2014 (NOT-OD-14-053)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Due to the rescheduled meetings in the January 2014 council round, some CSR study section meetings in the May 2014 council round will be held on a delayed schedule in March 2014. New Investigators whose new R01 (A0) applications are being reviewed in these delayed CSR meetings may wish to take advantage of the next round resubmission option for their A1 applications. To allow New Investigators reviewed in March 2014 meetings sufficient time to prepare a next round resubmission application (A1) for the October 2014 council, a staggered resubmission deadline is being instituted. Specifically, these eligible New Investigator resubmitted A1 applications will be due 30 days after release of the summary statement for the original A0 application. See NOT-OD-14-050.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

NIH operates under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.J.Res. 106) continuing government operations through January 18, 2014 at the FY 2013 post-sequestration level. See NOT-OD-14-043 for more info.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

NIH has reissued the parent funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for the following Research Career Development (K) Awards:

  • PA-14-042:  NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)
  • PA-14-044:  Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01)
  • PA-14-045:  Independent Scientist Award (Parent K02)
  • PA-14-046:  Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Parent K08)
  • PA-14-043:  Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23)
  • PA-14-047:  Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (Parent K24)
  • PA-14-048:  Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (Parent K25)

Please see the NIH Guide announcement NOT-OD-14-036 for more information.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Are you ready for our move to updated electronic application forms (FORMS-C) for Fellowship, Career Development and Training programs?  Are you submitting a multi-project grant application to NIH electronically?  Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

NIH reminds awardee institutions that annual reports are due to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) by January 31. See the NIH Guide Notice for more information and links to helpful resources.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 has scheduled downtime Friday, December 6, 2013 through Sunday, December 8, 2013 in order to perform system maintenance. As a result, December 2013 NIH application due dates that fall in that timeframe will be adjusted. See the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-022 for the new due dates, and as always, submit early!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-014 provides additional clarification to the previous guidance (NOT-OD-14-007) on resumption of NIH extramural activities following the recent lapse in appropriations.  This includes specific language clarification and rescheduled standard due dates.

In addition to this clarification at NOT-OD-14-014,  updates and additional resources may be found on the FAQs and a web page devoted to the resumption of NIH Extramural Activities.

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