The Division of Receipt and Referral will use eRA Commons to Communicate with Applicants and Applicant Organizations

Notice Number: NOT-OD-12-108

Key Dates

Release Date: May 23, 2012

Issued by

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Center for Scientific Review (CSR)


Beginning on May 25, 2012, communications from the Division of Receipt and Referral (DRR) will be accessible to applicants and applicant organizations in the eRA Commons in a new Correspondence section of the Commons detailed status screen for the application. Applicants will be notified by email to check their Commons account.

A major function of DRR is to determine whether applications are properly prepared and are compliant with NIH’s submission policies. DRR will notify an applicant when: 1) additional information is required before her/his application can be assigned to a scientific review group (SRG) and NIH Institute or Center (IC) for funding consideration; 2) an applicant’s request for an IC assignment cannot be honored; or 3) it has been determined that the application does not comply with NIH policy.

These new procedures are consistent with NIH's transition from a paper-based to an electronic system, and will also improve the consistency and timeliness of communications between NIH, investigators and institutions during the grant application process.

In order to avoid delays in the e-notification process, it is vital that all Grantee Organizations, Principal Investigators and Individual Fellows are registered in the eRA Commons and all email addresses are checked periodically for accuracy.


Please direct all inquiries to:

The Division of Receipt and Referral
Center for Scientific Review
6701 Rockledge Drive MSC 7720
Bethesda, MD 20892-7720
Voice: (301) 435-0715
Fax: (301) 480-1987