Notice of Action Required by Applicants to PAR-14-353 "Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in Human Cancers for Years 2015 and 2016 (P50)"

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Release Date: December 17, 2014

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


We have discovered a problem with PAR-14-353: "Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in Human Cancers for Years 2015 and 2016 (P50)" 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 forms associated with the Overall component of PAR-14-353 have been updated. No other forms in any other components have been touched.
  2. ASSIST USERS: We request that you refrain from accessing your application from 1:00pm-3:00pm eastern time, December 18, 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, you will need to make a few adjustments to your data, paying extra attention to the items in the table below.
  3. USERS OF OTHER SYSTEM-TO-SYSTEM SOLUTIONS: Please check with your service provider to determine the appropriate steps needed to ensure the latest posted application forms are used for your submission.

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 cannot 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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