SF424 (R&R) - Forms Version D
Released: March 24, 2017
G.600 - PHS Assignment Request Form
The PHS Assignment Request Form may be used to communicate specific application assignment and review requests to the Division of Receipt and Referral (DRR) and to Scientific Review Officers (SROs).
This information will not be part of your assembled application, and it will neither be made available to program staff nor provided to reviewers. It is used specifically to convey additional, optional information about your preference(s) for assignment and review of your application to DRR and SROs.
This information was previously collected in the Cover Letter Attachment, but must now be provided in the PHS Assignment Request Form.
Completing the PHS Assignment Request Form:
This form is optional. Use it only if you wish to make specific assignment or review requests. There is no requirement that all fields or all sections be completed. You have the flexibility to enter a single request or to provide extensive information using this form.
Note on Application Assignments: The Division of Receipt and Referral (DRR), Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is responsible for assigning applications to NIH Institutes/Centers (ICs) and other PHS agencies for funding consideration. DRR also assigns applications to NIH Scientific Review Groups (SRGs) and Special Emphasis Panels (SEPs).
Awarding Component Assignment Request (optional)
To facilitate accurate communication of your request to NIH referral and review staff, use the short abbreviation (e.g., NCI for the National Cancer Institute).
While NIH staff will consider all assignment requests, in some cases the reviewing IC is pre-determined and assignment requests cannot be honored.
Descriptions of the scientific areas covered by all NIH ICs and links to other PHS agency information can be found on the PHS Assignment Information website.
You do not need to make entries in all six boxes of the "Awarding Component Assignment Request" section.
Assign to Awarding Component:
Enter up to three preferences for primary assignment in the boxes in the "Assign to Awarding Component" row. Use the column labeled "1" to enter your first choice.
Do Not Assign to Awarding Component:
Enter up to three preferences to which you do not want your application assigned. Enter your preferences in the boxes in the "Do Not Assign To Awarding Component" row. Use the column labeled "1" to enter your first choice.
Study Section Assignment Request (optional)
To facilitate accurate communication of your request to NIH referral and review staff, use the short abbreviation of the SRG/SEP you wish to request. For example, enter "CAMP" for the Cancer Molecular Pathobiology study section or enter "ZRG1 HDM-R" for the Healthcare Delivery and Methodologies SBIR/STTR panel for informatics. Be careful to accurately capture all formatting (e.g., spaces, hyphens) when you type in the request.
More information about how to identify CSR and NIH SRGs and SEPs, including their short abbreviations, can be found on CSR Study Sections and Special Emphasis Panel.
While the majority of NIH research grant and fellowship applications are reviewed by CSR, some are assigned to individual IC review groups and some are clustered for review in SRGs/SEPs without flexibility for honoring review requests. However, it is standard practice to honor such requests whenever possible, depending on existing locus of review agreements within NIH and other PHS agencies.
You do not need to make an entry in all six boxes of the "Study Section Assignment Request" section.
Assign to Study Section:
Enter up to three preferences for SRGs/SEPs in the boxes in the "Assign to Study Section" row. Use one box per individual SRG/SEP request. Use the column labeled "1" to enter your first choice.
Do Not Assign to Study Section:
Enter up to three preferences for SRGs/SEPs to which you do not want your application assigned. Enter your preferences in the boxes in the "Do Not Assign To Study Section" row. Use the column labeled "1" to enter your first choice.
List Individuals who should not review your application and why (optional)
List specific individuals who should not review your application and why they should not review your application. Provide sufficient information (e.g., name, organizational affiliation) so that the SRO can both correctly identify the individual and be prepared to confirm a conflict of interest if the SRO contacts you for an explanation. Simply stating "Dr. John Smith is in conflict with my application" is not helpful.
Your answer can have a maximum of 1000 characters.
Identify Scientific areas of expertise needed to review your application (optional)
List up to five general or specific types of expertise needed for the review of your application. Limit your answers to areas of expertise - do not enter names of individuals you would like to review your application.
Each field can have a maximum of 40 characters.