NIH, AHRQ, CDC, FDA and NIOSH to Release Updated Electronic Application Forms ADOBE-FORMS-B2

Notice Number: NOT-OD-11-096

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

Key Dates
Release Date: July 13, 2011

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH),
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ),
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
Food and Drug Administration (FDA),
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH),


The purpose of this guide notice is to alert applicants that NIH, AHRQ, CDC, FDA and NIOSH are phasing in use of updated electronic application forms packages.

The ADOBE-FORMS-B2 packages will be used with new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) posted on/after July 22, 2011. In addition, NIH will reissue R01, R03, and R21 parent announcements with the new forms on July 22 and expire the current parent R01, R03, and R21 FOAs on January 8, 2012 . Applicants may use either the current parent FOAs with ADOBE-FORMS-B1 or the new parent FOAs with ADOBE-FORMS-B2 packages for deadlines on/before January 7, 2012, but NIH strongly encourages applicants to use ADOBE-FORMS-B2 whenever possible. Applicants downloading forms from the current parent announcements will encounter a splash screen directing them to the new parent announcements once they are posted.

The new packages will be identified with a Competition ID of ADOBE-FORMS-B2 (the Competition ID field can be found when downloading the application package from and in the application header information on the downloaded form).

ADOBE-FORMS-B2 packages include the following form changes:

  • New version of PHS 398 Modular Budget form. The new version resolves and issue causing intermittent rejections of application submissions at
  • New version of Budget Information for Construction Programs (SF-424C) form with fix for errors previously encountered by system-to-system users when optional data was not included in their submission(s).
  • New R&R Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form 5 YR 30 ATT, which replaces the current R&R Subaward attachment form. The prior form allowed up to 10 subaward attachments; the new form allows up to 30.

Please note that the incorporation of these forms does not result in any major changes to the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for NIH and other PHS agencies. All applicants should carefully read their FOA and the appropriate B Series Application Guide for program-specific instructions before completing their application.


Questions about this notice should be directed to:

NIH Grants Info
Phone: 301-945-7573
TTY: 301-451-5936