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Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-132

Key Dates
Release Date: July 29, 2015

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Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


This Notice informs the community of available email distribution lists (listservs) to receive or exchange information related to eRA grants administration systems.

NIH's electronic Research Administration (eRA) maintains a number of applicant/grantee services, including: eRA Commons, Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) and electronic application submission processing (eSubmission).

The following listservs related to these services are available via subscription.

eRA-Information-L (subscribe/unsubscribe)
Formerly maintained as two separate lists (ERA_COMMONS_PI-L and ERA_Commons_ADMIN-L). Members automatically moved to this listserv; no need to re-subscribe.

Audience: All (administrators, principal investigators and the people that support them)

Used by NIH to notify the community of information related to eRA Commons, ASSIST and eSubmission.

Examples of communications sent to this listserv, include:

  • Items of Interest newsletters providing practical advice for using eRA services, tips for avoiding common errors, and links to resources
  • Announcements for new features
  • Notification of planned system downtimes
  • Notification of known system issues, status and potential workarounds

NIH_ESUB_SYS2SYS-L (subscribe/unsubscribe)
Audience: Technical personnel involved in system-to-system solution development and planning

Provides a two-way communication channel to exchange information related to the implementation of system-to-system solutions for grant application preparation and submission to NIH.

Examples of communications sent to this listserv, include:

  • Information related to eRA Web services
  • Technical details for pending form changes (DATs, schemas, style sheets, etc.)
  • System-enforced validation requirements
  • Specifications for how NIH assembles application images and associated style sheets
  • Non-production test opportunities

ASSIST-Development-L (subscribe/unsubscribe)
Audience: ASSIST users willing to share their individual perspectives on proposed ASSIST enhancements and options for addressing identified system issues.

Provides a two-way communication channel for users and the ASSIST implementation team to discuss enhancement and bug fixes under development.

  • Provide insight into applicant/grantee business practices to aid development team in understanding potential impact of proposed changes
  • Share thoughts on various options to address identified ASSIST issues and the implications of each option

Note: This listserv is focused on pre-production, development activities. Information on current ASSIST features, resources, and issues will be shared using the eRA-Information-L listserv.


Please direct all inquiries to:

eRA Communications
Email: (preferred method of contact)
Telephone: 301-435-8185