ASSIST Now an Option for All NIH Competing Grant Applications and Some Post-award Administrative Actions

Notice Number: NOT-OD-16-042

Key Dates
Release Date: December 22, 2015

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


This Notice informs the community that we have reached our goal to open up ASSIST as an option for the preparation, submission and tracking of all single-project grant applications to NIH (NOT-OD-15-044).

Throughout 2015, ASSIST support expanded to a variety of grant programs according to a defined timeline which is now complete.

ASSIST is now an option for:

  • all single and multi-project, competing grant applications;
  • single-project administrative supplements;
  • single-project, post-award successor-in-interest (type 6) requests; and
  • single-project, post-award change of institution (type 7) requests.

Funding opportunity announcements posted in the NIH Guide for Grants & Contracts that allow ASSIST as an option contain an "Apply Online Using ASSIST" button in addition to the "Apply Using Downloadable Forms" button.

Use of ASSIST is optional; downloadable forms and institutional system-to-system solutions remain viable alternatives for application preparation and submission to NIH (learn more about options).


ASSIST provides users:

  • Secure web-based data entry
  • Control over application access
  • Collaboration of multiple users
  • Pre-submission validation of many NIH and business rules
  • Pre-population of data from eRA Commons profiles
  • Pre-submission print/preview of application in NIH format
  • Submission status tracking for both and eRA Commons within a single system
  • Ability to import subaward budget forms
  • Ability to copy application data from a previously prepared application



Direct inquiries regarding this Notice to:

NIH Grants Information
Email: (preferred method of contact)
Telephone: 301-945-7573

Direct requests for ASSIST support to:

eRA Service Desk
Submit a web ticket (preferred method of contact)
Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552