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Contacting NIH Staff at the NIH Institutes and Centers
NIH staff is here to help. The best people to talk with you about the scientific or administrative information in your particular application or award are in the NIH institute or center that may fund the grant. We strongly encourage you to communicate with NIH staff throughout the grant life cycle. Learn how to find the right NIH staff contact at each phase of the application and award process.  For technical assistance using our systems please contact our service desk. 


eRA Service Desk (formerly the eRA Commons Help Desk):

Submit a web ticket

(preferred method of contact)

Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552 (Press 1 for eRA Commons and 3 for iEdison)
Phone: 301-402-7469 (Press 1 for eRA Commons and 3 for iEdison)
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time (closed on federal holidays)

Contact for information/questions on:

  • eRA Commons
  • eRA Commons Registration
  • eRA errors and warnings
  • Status of the application
  • Post-award administration

If you need immediate help (i.e. you are within two days of a deadline or in the event of a security emergency), call us. Note that the Help Desk's busiest hours are between 10 a.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET.

For iEdison help, please contact:
eRA's iEdison Help Desk
Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552; Phone: 301-435-1986;

General Grants Information:

E-mail or call 301-435-0714

Contact for information on:

  • NIH extramural research and research training programs
  • Grant application procedures and process
  • NIH grant resource & NIH Grants & Funding website navigation 
NIH Office of Extramural Research Communications Office

Contact for:

  • Suggestions/comments on the NIH grants process
  • Media inquiries
  • To let us know how we're doing
Topic Specific Assistance

Submitting an NIH Grant Application


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Help Desks


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  • Grants Info
  • Contact Center
  • System for Award Management (SAM)

Guidelines for Applicants Experiencing System Issues



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Research Training Research Training Help
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) SBIR/STTR Help
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