NIH Announces the Availability of Adobe-Based Grant Application Forms

Notice Number: NOT-OD-09-026

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

Key Dates
Release Date: December 5, 2008

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (


The purpose of this notice is to alert users to the availability of the first set of Adobe-based grant application forms to transition from PureEdge-based forms. Adobe forms for most small business (R41, R42, R43, R44) applications and conference (R13/U13) applications will be posted in early February 2009.   

In November 2008, NIH released details about its plan to transition to new electronic Adobe-based grant application forms (Guide Notice NOT-OD-09-020).  Users were informed that NIH is moving forward with the transition as scheduled and that the Adobe-based forms would be made available after December 5, 2008. 

Adobe-based application forms are now available for most funding opportunities; the rest will have the new forms added by early next week.  Applicants should return to the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for which they are applying and download the new forms.  Applicants can confirm that they are downloading the new Adobe forms by verifying that the Competition ID on the Download Application page of the website is “ADOBE-FORMS-A”.    

REMEMBER: A compatible version of Adobe Reader is required to prepare and submit an Adobe-based application.   ( currently recommends Adobe Reader versions 8.1.3 or higher; compatible versions are listed on the Download Software page and are updated as they are produced.).  The compatible version of Adobe Reader must be installed BEFORE downloading the new application forms.

NIH will continue to make information available on the Adobe Transition Resources page of the eSubmission Web site.

Related Guide Notices:
Reminder and Clarification on Transition to Adobe-Based Forms (November 21, 2008)
Transition Schedule to Adobe-Based Forms for Electronic Submission through (September 22, 2008)
Adobe Pilot Application Guide Available (August 1, 2008)
Pilot for Transition from PureEdge to Adobe-based forms (July 2, 2008)


Questions about this Notice should be directed to:

Grants Information
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
Phone: 301-945-7573
TTY: 301-451-5936