Notice of Change in Due Date and Applicant Action Required for RFA-RM-006, “Nuclear Organization and Function Interdisciplinary Consortium (NOFIC) (U54)”

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Release Date: December 12, 2014

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


We have discovered a problem with RFA-RM-14-006: Nuclear Organization and Function Interdisciplinary Consortium (NOFIC) (U54) which prevents the successful submission and processing of applications. Specifically, we did not post the appropriate forms for the Overall component. Due to this problem we will be implementing the following correction plan that will require some action on your part to complete your application.

  1. The submission due date for RFA-RM-14-006 is extended from December 16, 2014 to December 19, 2014. The expiration date for RFA-RM-14-006 is also extended from December 17, 2014 to December 20, 2014.
  2. The forms associated with the Overall component of RFA-RM-14-006 have been updated. No other forms in any other components have been touched.
  3. ASSIST USERS: We request that you refrain from accessing your application from 1:00pm-3:00pm eastern time today, December 12, 2014. During this time we will update the application forms in your Overall component retaining as much of your data as possible. Once the changes are in place, we will send an additional email letting you know that it is ‘safe’ to access your application. You will need to make a few adjustments to your data, paying extra attention to the items in #4.
  4. Updates to the forms include the following:

Original Overall Data Collection (what you saw in your application before the forms change)

Updated Overall Data Collection (what you should see now)

Applicant contact fields split between the SF424 (R&R) (i.e. ASSIST R&R Cover tab) and the PHS Cover Page Supplement form (i.e. ASSIST Cover Page Supplement tab).

All applicant contact information fields are included together on SF424 (R&R) form.

Action: Check section 5 of the SF424 (R&R) form (i.e., ASSIST R&R Cover tab) and complete any missing data fields.

Cover Letter attachment located in separate Cover Letter form (i.e. ASSIST Cover Letter tab).

Cover letter attachment now included at the bottom of the SF424 (R&R) form.

Action: If you had included a Cover Letter you must reattach it in the new location (i.e. ASSIST R&R Cover tab).

Separate Checklist form (i.e., ASSIST Checklist tab) including the following information:

  • Disclosure Permission Statement
  • Program Income
  • Inventions and Patents
  • Change of Investigator/Change of Institution

Checklist information fields moved to PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement form.

Action: Data in these fields could not be migrated and must be reentered in the PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement form (i.e., ASSIST Cover Page Supplement tab) .

As always, be sure to check ALL application data prior to submission.


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