First Phase of the Interdisciplinary Research Consortium Program: Transition to the SF424 (R&R) Form and Electronic Submission through

Notice Number: NOT-RM-06-009

Key Dates
Release Date: December 2, 2005

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (

The purpose of this notice is to inform applicants who plan to submit preapplications for the Interdisciplinary Research Consortium program (announced in that they will be required to submit their applications online to the NIH through ( using the SF424 Research and Research Related (R&R) form.

NIH expects this funding opportunity announcement to be available in "Apply" by late December 2005 or early January 2006. The announcement will also be published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts at the same time.

Applicants are encouraged to prepare themselves and their institutions now to participate in electronic submission through

For institutions, a one-time registration is required at both:

For Project Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs), registration in the NIH Commons is also required. Potential PIs should work with their institutions to make sure they are registered in the NIH Commons. See Preparing for Electronic Submission at for more details. Please direct questions regarding the Commons registration process to the NIH eRA Service Desk at phone: 301-402-7469/866-504-9552 (Toll Free); 301-451-5939 (TTY) business hours M-F 7am-8pm Eastern Standard Time.

Updates on the status of the transition to electronic submission and the new form set will be posted in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts and on the NIH eRA Electronic Receipt of Applications Web site. In particular, a training session for applicants is being held on January 11, 2006 . Information about that session is available at


For general information concerning the transition to the SF424 (R&R) form, please contact:

Grants Info
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
Phone: 301-945-7573

Specific programmatic inquiries concerning the Interdisciplinary Consortia program should be directed to either:

Gregory K. Farber, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
National Center for Research Resources
6701 Democracy Boulevard
Room 960, MSC 4874
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874 (20817 for overnight delivery services)
Telephone: (301) 435-0778
FAX: (301) 480-3659

Michael F. Huerta, Ph.D.
Associate Director
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Blvd. Room 7202, MSC 9645
Bethesda , MD 20892-9645
[ Rockville , MD 20852 for express or courier service]
Telephone: (301) 443-3563
Fax: (301) 443-1731