Release Date:  February 20, 1998


National Institutes of Health

The Application for a Public Health Service Grant (PHS 398) and Application
for Continuation of a Public Health Service Grant (PHS 2590) currently in use
were revised May 1995 and approved for use through February 28, 1998.  These
forms have again been revised and were submitted to the Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) for approval.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
recently received notice that OMB approved the most recent revision.  The new
forms will be available shortly.  In the interim and until further notice, the
May 1995 revision is to be used.  The NIH will be limiting the number of
copies of the May 1995 forms and instructions mailed to requestors in order to
avoid reprinting materials that will shortly be outdated.  Offices of
Sponsored Programs should encourage conservation of the current forms and
instructions through sharing, photocopying and/or accessing the materials via
the Internet.  They are posted on the NIH Office of Extramural Research home
page at grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm.

The NIH will publish an announcement in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
when the new forms are available for use.  There will be a transition period
during which either the new or old forms will be accepted.  Applicants should
continue to use the May 1995 revision of the PHS 398 and 2590 until further

The Application for a Public Health Service Individual National Research
Service Award (PHS 416-1) is in the process of being revised.  Revised forms
should be available by the fall of 1998.  The current form (August 1995
revision) has been extended to June 1998.   Again, applicants should continue
to use the current form until further notice.


Questions concerning the revision of the PHS 398, 2590 and 416-1 may be directed to:

Ms. Lois Hunstad
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 2195
Bethesda, MD  20892
Telephone:  (301) 435-0940

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