News Highlights

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Announces the launch of a new eRA system to manage human subjects and clinical trials information. HSS will replace the existing Inclusion Management System (IMS) and will be used by NIH staff, grant applicants, and recipients as of June 9, 2018.
Note that grantees are required to complete any in-progress enrollment records by June 8. If they are working on their RPPR on or before June 8, they will be unable to submit any in-progress inclusion data until the entire RPPR is submitted.  In this situation, they should plan to submit the entire RPPR by June 8 or wait until June 9 to enter inclusion data in the new system. Records that have not been submitted by June 8, 2018 will not be available in the Human Subjects System and will need to be re-entered. For more information please see NOT-OD-18-179.
For training videos and other resources, see the eRA intranet page on HSS

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Establishes stipend levels for FY18 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows and announces increases in the institutional allowance for postdoctoral trainees and fellows.  For more details please see NOT-OD-18-175.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Details policies on FY 2018 funding levels, NRSA stipend levels, how we are prioritizing applications from early stage investigator (ESI) principal investigators, 2018 salary limits, and more.  For more details please see NOT-OD-18-180.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Transition from Inclusion Management System to New Human Subjects System (HSS) as of June 9, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Additional Awards Eligible for PA-18-586 Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

OER is launching a new eRA system to manage human subjects and clinical trials information. This Human Subjects System (HSS) will replace the existing Inclusion Management System (IMS) and will be used by NIH staff, grant applicants, and recipients as of June 9, 2018. To learn more, see our:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Clarification of NIHs Policy Regarding a Change in Program Directors/Principal Investigators Status

Monday, April 30, 2018

Update on Additional Awards that Permit Eligibility for K01, K08, K23, and K25 Career Development Awards

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Career Award (K) Policy Update: Temporary Adjustments to Percent Effort or Part-Time Institutional Appointment

Friday, April 6, 2018

Career Award (K) Policy Update: Concurrent Support from a Mentored K Award and a Research Grant

Friday, March 30, 2018

Financial Conflict of Interest: Investigator Disclosures of Foreign Financial Interests

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

NOT-OD-18-133  Beginning with RPPRs due on or after October 1, 2019 and applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2020, NIH anticipates that it will mandate that required training data tables submitted with T32, TL1, T90/R90, and T15 applications and progress reports be created via the xTRACT system. Learn more about xTRACT.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

NOT-OD-18-128 This notice clarifies application instructions to be clear the human subject form is not available in most training grant application packages (except for D43 and K12) and indicates that, while not required, applicants can provide additional information regarding potential or current involvement of appointed trainees in human subjects research in the Proposed Training section of the Program Plan attachment on the PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan form.


Friday, January 19, 2018

This notice reminds all participants in the NIH peer review process of possible consequences that may ensue and actions that the NIH may take in response to a breach of integrity in peer review. See NOT-OD-18-115.  
If you missed in, you may be interested in the Open Mike blog post about a recent peer review issue. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Unfortunately, the FORMS-E application instructions are not quite accurate. As this notice indicates, most training grant applicants that answer “yes” for human subjects do not need to provide additional information. If they choose to they can put addition information regarding potential or current involvement of appointed trainees in human subjects research in the "Proposed Training" section of the Program Plan. See NOT-OD-18-128  

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

 Revises NIH policy and guidelines on the Inclusion of Children. Changes to the policy include (1) the applicability of the policy to individuals of all ages, including children and older adults; (2) clarification of potentially acceptable reasons for excluding participants based on age; and (3) a requirement to provide data on participant age at enrollment in progress reports. The policy applies to competing grant applications for due dates on or after January 25, 2019.  Ongoing, non-competing awards will not be expected to comply with this policy. For R&D contracts, the policy will apply to all solicitations issued on or after this effective date. See NOT-OD-18-116  

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

NIH is removing the funding pause on the provision of new or continuation funding for gain-of-function research projects. NIH will continue to accept applications for research projects including studies that are reasonably anticipated to create, transfer or use enhanced potential pandemic pathogens and will identify meritorious research applications meeting the scope of the HHS P3CO Framework for a multidisciplinary, department-level review prior to any funding decision.  See 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Interested in “playing” with a sample FORMS-E application package to become familiar with the new application forms including the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials form? You’re in luck! eRA has provided a non-production ASSIST sandbox. See attached instructions for creating accounts and using the sandbox and FORMS-E test opportunities representing various grant programs.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide production credentials to allow you to check out actual published FOAs in ASSIST. This “How Do I Preview Forms in a Grant Application” video, which only runs 53 seconds, details steps you can take to preview (in a read only format) the forms posted for a specific production FOA. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Do you work on R&D contracts involving human subjects? If so, learn about the requirements for contract officers, contract officer representatives, contractors and others on a new intranet page dedicated to this topic. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Program officials should help PIs understand that these outcomes should:

  • Be written for the general public in clear and concise language
  • Be suitable for dissemination to the general public
  • Not include proprietary, confidential information or trade secrets
  • Not be more than half a page
If the outcomes are not acceptable, the program official should contact PIs and require them to submit revised project outcomes, using the capability in eRA Commons to submit additional materials for interim and final RPPRs. Learn more.
See NOT-OD-18-103  for more info.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Encourage applicants to submit early to allow time to work through any unforeseen issues! See NOT-OD-18-009

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

It was reported that was experiencing technical issues impacting applicants’ ability to access application packages, submit, check status of a submission and access their website today. These issues impacted NIH’s ability to process applications and some features in ASSIST. It appears that service to has been restored and NIH is now processing all submitted applications.  These issues may have been related to a wider Internet issue. If you get questions, please advise applicants that if any issues with Federal systems impact the ability to submit on time to NIH due dates, the applicant must document the issue with the eRA service desk by the application deadline. See dealing with system issues

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The new version is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2017. Previous versions of the NIHGPS remain applicable as a standard term and condition for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began prior to October 1, 2017.  See NOT-OD-18-005

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

To protect the credibility of published research, authors are encouraged to publish papers arising from NIH-funded research in reputable journals. Look for an upcoming Open Mike blog on this topic.  See NOT-OD-18-011.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Provides information about upcoming funding opportunity announcements and explains support for  independent clinical trials and clinical trial research experience for these applicants. See NOT-OD-18-001

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

NIH will be issuing these announcements in November 2017 for applications targeting due dates on or after January 25, 2018. NOT-OD-18-010

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Guidance for applicant and grantee institutions in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  See NOT-OD-18-002  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Review Criteria for Fellowships (NOT-OD-17-122), Training Grants (NOT-OD-17-123) and Career Development Awards (NOT-OD-17-121) Involving Clinical Trials 

These notices detail the additional review criteria that NIH will apply for clinical trial applications for due dates on or after January 25, 2018, and applications in which trainees, fellow, or career development awardees propose to gain research experience in an ongoing clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor. The review criteria for clinical trials page is also available on the extramural staff intranet.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Consistent with NIH practices over the last decade, NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level). Upward adjustments to awarded levels will be considered after FY 2018 appropriations are enacted. See NOT-OD-17-124.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Reminding the community that when delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed due to a natural disaster or other emergency, the NIH will consider accepting applications late, on a case-by-case basis, in certain circumstances.  See NOT-OD-17-113  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

This notice announces additional review criteria that NIH will apply to clinical trial applications for research projects submitted to due dates on or after January 25, 2018. See NOT-OD-17-118  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Language in published FOAs (with the exception of clinical trial FOAs and parent announcements) with due dates after January 25 is being updated to reflect clinical trial allowability, FORMS-E, and select other information. Updates will be completed by October 6.  See NOT-OD-17-114  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The NIH Policy on the Use of a sIRB for Multi-Site Research becomes effective for applications with due dates on and after January 25, 2018. This public webinar addresses the implementation of the NIH Single IRB Policy, how to write the single IRB plan, and how to request an exception.  See NOT-OD-17-120  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

We have updated our application guide for use with grant application due dates on or after January 25, 2018. Use this resource as you are developing funding opportunity announcements. See  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

This notice provides additional detail on the special considerations being given to impacted institutions, including: information on late application submissions, post-submission materials, salary payments, and financial and progress reporting.  See NOT-OD-17-111 

Monday, September 11, 2017

To increase the protection of privacy of research participants, as of October 1, 2017, NIH funded researchers who are who are collecting identifiable, sensitive information as part of their NIH funded research will automatically be issued a CoC as part of the term and condition of their award. There is no need for them to apply for a CoC. Compliance with the privacy protections afforded by the CoC is also a term and condition of award. All research that was commenced or ongoing on or after December 13, 2016 and is within the scope of this policy is issued a Certificate through this policy.  See NOT-OD-17-109  

Monday, September 11, 2017

We just released revised FAQs and case studies on the definition of a clinical trial, incorporating a number of thoughtful suggestions from the community. 

See:         Open Mike Blog on the Updated Case Studies to learn about the types of topics that got further clarified (yes, case study 18 is one of them!)

Expect these resources to continue to evolve as we get additional feedback and questions.

Monday, September 11, 2017

As you continue to reach out to your grantees and contractors about the clinical trial changes, remember to refer back to the Clinical Trial Communications Toolkit for the latest versions of resources. Corrections have recently been made to fix typos on presentations and the flier, and we continue to update the resources regularly.
Newly added:     Presentation on NIH Clinical Trial Reforms. Why the Changes?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

This notice announces a new policy implementing special funding consideration for early and mid-career (early established) investigators. See policy summary below. This policy supersedes previous notices on new and early stage investigators. We anticipate that ICs will seek to fund other more senior investigators who are new to the NIH system through specific programs as well as select pay. Read more in the Open Mike blog on the policy and Open Mike blog on Data on Trends According to Career Stage. Note that NIH’s website on new investigators has been replaced with Early Stage and Early Investigator Policies (there is a redirect from the old page to the new one). See NOT-OD-17-101 for more information.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

When delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed due to a natural disaster or other emergency, the NIH will consider accepting applications late. Read more about NIH responses to natural disasters in the Open Mike blog on Monitoring the Impact of Hurricane Harvey on Research. See NOT-OD-17-106

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This notice clarifies and updates the guidance on full-time training. See NOT-OD-17-095  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This notice describes when it is allowable for a recipient institution to supplement the NIH salary contribution on K awards.  See NOT-OD-17-094  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Since clinical trial-related materials will be required in the new PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form, they will no longer be allowed in the Appendix for due dates on or after January 25, 2018 unless specifically stated as required in the funding opportunity announcement. See NOT-OD-17-098  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The NIH Fiscal 2017 eRA End of Year deadline dates have been established. Wednesday, September 27, is the last day to release FY 2017 awards, supplements and revisions for additional funds in IMPAC II.  The End of Fiscal Year Grants Calendar and Frequently Asked Questions are now posted on the Resources page. For additional reference, visit the new NIH–wide Combined Year-end Communications SharePoint Site.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

We are updating our application forms to FORMS-E for due dates of Jan 25, 2018 and beyond. FORMS-E includes a brand new form. Check it out using the resources below. 
·         Video tour of the new Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information form on YouTube. - public
·         Preview of FORMS-E Grant Application Form Changes  - public
·         Annotated Form Set for NIH Grant Applications - FORMS-E Series - public
·         Draft Instructions for the Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information form - staff only

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You can! Federal RePORTER is a searchable database of science award information that enables studies of the portfolio of federal science investments. While it is currently updated annually, its database of ~900,000 projects from 17 agencies is a great resource. See the attached presentation given at the EPMC meeting this week to learn more!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Check them out!

Resolution of Euthanasia Method

Vertebrate Animal Codes


Additionally, the Grant Application VAS Worksheet and associated FAQs have been updated for our applicants. See OLAW’s page on the Vertebrate Animals Section for the latest. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Effective June 30, 2017, all SBIR/STTR Phase II final reports must be submitted through the eRA Commons using the Final RPPR rather than the Final Progress Report. See NOT-OD-17-085    

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

This notice makes final what was previously interim guidance. Direct salary support is limited to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale.  The Executive Level II salary was previously set at $185,100, and increased to $187,000 effective January 8, 2017.  See NOT-OD-17-087

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

NIH is extending the effective date of the NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research to January 25, 2018.   The policy will apply to all competing grant applications for due dates on or after January 25, 2018.  For R&D contracts, the policy will apply to all solicitations issued on or after this effective date. See NOT-OD-17-076   

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Establishes stipend levels FY 2017 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate and predoctoral trainees and fellows. See NOT-OD-17-084   

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Effective June 23, 2017, NIH will implement the requirement that foreign NGOs that agree not to perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning, or provide financial support to any other foreign non-governmental organization that conducts such activities, will remain eligible for global health assistance funding. See NOT-OD-17-083   

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Loan repayment programs have been announced for application period September 1 through November 15 (see NOT-OD-077 through NOT-OD-081).

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Revision: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Predoctoral Stipends, Training Related Expenses, Institutional Allowance, and Tuition/Fees Effective for Fiscal Year 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

In April NIH announced that we will be moving to Forms-E for application submissions targeting due dates of January 25 and beyond.

  • This week we walked the IC eSubmission Liaisons through the details of the form changes, timing of how the new forms will roll out, as well as the latest changes at etc.  See the meeting summary for a detailed view of what is happening.
  •  If you are not yet familiar with the new Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information Form and want to get a feel for it, check out the annotated form

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We thought you might be interested in this video of a presentation given by Dr. Mike Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, at the recent NIH Regional Seminar, in which he shares his thoughts about applying a scientific approach to understanding NIH’s extramural program.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This notice provides the limitations on the use of funds on NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract awards for FY 2017. See NOT-OD-17-075   for more information. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

NIH recently announced the Next Generation Researchers Initiative to enhance funding to early-stage and mid-career investigators and help stabilize and strengthen the biomedical research enterprise. This initiative shifts NIH’s approach away from the Grant Support Index to more directly support early-stage and mid-career investigators. We will be developing FAQs and issuing updated policies in the near future. In the meantime, learn more through:
NIH Director’s Statement
Next Generation Researchers Initiative Web Page
Presentation to the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director  

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Now citations to issued patents are allowable post-submission materials. For more information see NOT-OD-17-066

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Help us get the word out about the NIH Regional Seminar in Baltimore. Its a great way for investigators and administrators newer to NIH to learn the process and policies behind getting and managing NIH funding.  See NOT-OD-17-073 for more information. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dos and don’ts for the authentication plan for applicants proposing the use of established key biological and/or chemical resources. NOT-OD-17-068  

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Failure to submit complete and accurate progress and financial reports may affect future funding to the organization and may result in a delay of continued support.  For more information see NOT-OD-17-074  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

For due dates of May 25, 2017 and beyond, interim research products can be cited anywhere other research products are cited in grant applications and progress reports. Read the Open Mike blog for more on interim research products. See NOT-OD-17-050.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Effective immediately, the NIH Office of Financial Management (OFM) will continue payment of grants and cooperative agreements to Federal departments and agencies through the Interagency Payment and Collection method (IPAC). See NOT-OD-17-052 for reference. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Request for Information on the Development of the FY 2019 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research

Thursday, March 23, 2017

This notice makes no changes to current policy; it simply consolidates 7 previous notices related to continuous submission to provide a single source for the policy. For more information see NOT-OD-17-042 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Notice of Clarification on the Publication of the Final Rule on the Federal Policy for the Protections of Human Subjects (Common Rule)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

NIH retains the renewal application policy and in order to do so, we will implement an Interim-RPPR policy to reduce administrative burden on grantees by not requiring an additional Final-RPPR if the renewal application is not funded. See NOT-OD-17-037 for more information.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The final rule is intended to enhance protections for human research participants, facilitate valuable research, and reduce burdens for investigators, research institutions, and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). See NOT-OD-17-038 for more information.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Make plans to join NIH, HHS and your peers in New Orleans, Louisiana for this valuable and unique opportunity occurring May 3-5! See for more information.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Beginning in CY2017 the standard application due dates for F31 - Diversity applications will be the same as all other F Series Fellowship applications (April 8, August 8, and December 8). See NOT-OD-17-029 for more information. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The effective date of the policy has been extended from May 25, 2017-September 25, 2017. Additional FAQs on SIRB costing will be available in the next week or two.  See NOT-OD-17-027 for details. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

The new policy eliminates most appendix material from grant applications. All allowable materials are listed in the notice. See NOT-OD-17-035 for more information.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Inauguration Day (January 20, 2017) Impact on NIH Grant Application Due Dates and Support.  See NOT-OD-17-033 for more information. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

We have updated the recommended font list and no longer require use of black text for applications submitted for due dates of Jan 25, 2017 and beyond. See NOT-OD-17-030 for more information.

Friday, December 16, 2016

NIH is extending the effective date of the NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research to September 25, 2017. These FAQs, as well as other resources related to the single IRB policy, can be found on the Office of Science Policy website.  See NOT-OD-17-027 for more information

Friday, December 16, 2016

All FY 2017 awards previously issued using FY 2016 stipend levels will be revised to adjust stipends to the FY 2017 level. Appointments to institutional training grants that have already been awarded in FY 2017 must be amended to reflect the FY 2017 stipend levels once the training grant award has been adjusted by the NIH. For more information see NOT-OD-17-003.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The application guide and supplemental instructions have been updated. In addition to making a variety of instructional changes, the instructions have been rewritten and reformatted for clarity. For more information see NOT-OD-17-023.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Final Research Performance Progress Report (F-RPPR) will replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) for closeout effective January 1, 2017. On or after that date, NIH will no longer accept FPRs. Transition to F-RPPR for SBIR/STTR awards will occur in a few months. Read more on NOT-OD-17-022

Friday, November 18, 2016

SRO’s, please be sure to use the newly updated NIH Reviewer Orientation and Reviewer Guidance on Rigor and Transparency, both updated just yesterday, and the Sex as a Biological Variable Decision Tree for Reviewers, from August, for the upcoming review round (for May 2017 council). These materials are available on the OER Consolidated List of Reviewer Documents.

Friday, November 18, 2016

OER’s Grants Information service desk answers thousands of general inquiries a year related to grants policies, processes, and funding opportunities on behalf of NIH.  You may have noticed their contact information on funding opportunities, notices, and more.  Unfortunately, scammers got a hold of our Grants Information phone number, requiring us to change it to 301-945-7573. We updated FOAs and notices posted in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts as well as OER websites. If you reference the Grants Info number on any of your resources, please note the change. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

NIH seeks comments on data management and sharing strategies and priorities in order to consider: (1) how digital scientific data generated from NIH-funded research should be managed, and to the fullest extent possible, made publicly available; and, (2) how to set standards for citing shared data and software. More discussion on this topic may be found in the OD Office of Science Policy blog, Under the Poliscope, "The What and How of Data Sharing."  For more information: NOT-OD-17-015  

Friday, November 18, 2016

The newly revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS) applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2016. Previous versions of the NIHGPS remain a standard term and condition for grants with budget periods that began prior to October 1, 2016. The new NIHGPS incorporates notices of changes issued since the previous version, and makes clarifications. See this summary of significant changes for more detail.  

Friday, November 18, 2016

Eligible recipients of Kirschstein-NRSA institutional training grant and individual fellowship awards that support currently active postdoctoral trainees and fellows at levels 0, 1, and 2, ending after December 1, 2016, may apply for a one-time administrative supplement to support the stipend increase. Learn more at NOT-OD-17-002.

Monday, October 24, 2016

NIH seeks input on the use of interim research products in NIH applications and reports, and the standards for reporting them. We want to know if interim research products can increase the rigor and impact of NIH funded research. We also want to know how to ensure that interim research products arising from NIH funds can be created and used with integrity.Learn more at NOT-OD-17-006.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The continuing resolution continues government operations through December 9, 2016 at 99.504 percent of the FY 2016 enacted level. NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level). Upward adjustments to awarded levels will be considered after FY 2017 appropriations are enacted. Learn more at NOT-OD-17-001.

Monday, October 24, 2016

One of the goals of the SBIR and STTR programs is to encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by women and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.  Despite SBIR/STTR awardees being eligible to apply for a diversity supplement, they have very low rates of participation in the program.  The NIH seeks public input to understand the barriers that prevent SBIR/STTR awardees from participating in the existing diversity supplement program and to inform its consideration to develop a new diversity supplement program specific to the SBIR/STTR mechanisms. Learn more at NOT-OD-17-008.

Friday, September 16, 2016

NIH recently announced various changes to enhance stewardship and improve visibility of clinical trial activities and results information.  The following references summarize the related Guide notices, the new regulation, and articles published by NIH leadership in scientific journals.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Post-submission application materials are those submitted after submission of the grant application but prior to the initial peer review. This notice simplifies and consolidates current policy concerning post-submission materials. Read more in NOT-OD-16-130.

Friday, August 12, 2016

NIH is eliminating most appendix materials for applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2017. Application instructions and other materials will be updated by November 25, 2016 to reflect this change. See more at NOT-OD-129.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

NIH announces projected stipend levels for postdoctoral trainees and fellows supported by Kirschstein-NRSA awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. These projected new stipend levels are planned to be effective December 1, 2016. The projected new stipend levels reflect recognition of the significant contributions of postdoctoral researchers to the NIH, AHRQ, and HRSA missions, and also align with the spirit of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) recently issued revisions to the rules on paid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Read more in NOT-OD-16-134. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is issuing this policy on the use of a single Institutional Review Board (IRB) for multi-site research to establish the expectation that a single IRB (sIRB) of record will be used in the ethical review of non-exempt human subjects research protocols funded by the NIH that are carried out at more than one site in the United States.  The goal of this policy is to enhance and streamline the IRB review process in the context of multi-site research so that research can proceed as effectively and expeditiously as possible.  Eliminating duplicative IRB review is expected to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens and systemic inefficiencies without diminishing human subjects protections.  The shift in workload away from conducting redundant reviews is also expected to allow IRBs to concentrate more time and attention on the review of single site protocols, thereby enhancing research oversight. See this notice for more information. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. See notices NOT-OD-16-119NOT-OD-16-118NOT-OD-16-117NOT-OD-16-116NOT-OD-16-115 or visit to learn more.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Between March 31 and June 3 NIH reissued all Parent funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). These FOAs include the FORMS-D application packages required for application submissions of May 25, 2016 and beyond. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

The FORMS-D application guide is now available.  NIH's approach to the delivery of application guide information has changed considerably.  See NOT-OD-16-084 for a summary of changes.

Note that the Forms-D application must be used for due dates of May 25 and beyond. The new application forms are being added to funding opportunity announcements 30-60 days before the first due date for that announcement that requires Forms-D. Some FOAs are being reissued, so pay attention to the Related Notices and Announcement Type sections of the FOA.

See NOT-OD-16-064 for special instructions for continuous submission and late applications.

See NOT-OD-16-068 for transition plan for administrative supplement, successor-in-interest and change of institution opportunities.


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2016 should follow the newly clarified biosketch instructions and should use the new consolidated biosketch format for research, institutional research training, institutional career development, research education, fellowship, and dissertation awards, as well as diversity supplements.   See NOT-OD-16-080 for details. 

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

 Applicants must use FORMS-D for due dates on or after May 25, 2016 and must use FORMS-C for due dates on or before May 24, 2016. FORMS-D implements a number of changes to grant application policies and instructions. For a reminder of what is changing, check out  NOT-OD-16-081.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. FORMS-D application changes, timing, impact on continuous submission, impact on administrative requests and identifying which form version was used for an application are among the topics covered in this edition.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. ASSIST expansion, ASSIST Copy Application feature, reminders of 2016 policy changes and a look back at 10 years of electronic application submission are among the topics covered in this edition.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A revision to the NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. 11/2015) is now available (NOT-OD-16-030). This revision is a standard term and condition for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2015.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Revised SF424 (R&R) application guides and supplemental instructions are available for application due dates on and between January 25, 2016 and May 24, 2016 (NOT-OD-16-029).

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. Form and policy changes coming in 2016, manual post-submission application checks, and biosketch compliance are among the topics covered in this edition.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest.  Continuing to use application forms beyond the expiration date, plans to update application guide instructions, help desk rebranding and browser support for eRA systems are among the topics covered in this edition.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. Submission options, managing application access in ASSIST, importance of keeping eRA Commons profiles up-to-date and tips for creating system-friendly PDF attachments are among the topics covered in this edition.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. eRA Commons profile changes related to animal welfare assurance numbers, a new PHS Additional Indirect Costs form for multi-project applications and straight talk about application requirements are among the topics covered in this edition.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The NIH's ability to issue competing and non-competing awards may be delayed for two weeks from May 19, 2015 until June 3, 2015 due to software upgrades to NIH accounting and business systems. Examples of activities that may be impacted include: issuance of awards; establishment or changes to Employer Identification Numbers; processing of No Cost Extensions; and processing of Fellowship activations. See NOT-OD-15-088 for additional information.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. How to submit budget forms for subawards that are not active for all periods of the prime, determining if an application fits within a direct cost limit and timeline for ASSIST support of single-project applications are among the topics covered in this edition.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Eye on NIH Policy:  OMB Uniform Guidance - What It Means for NIH & You

Presentation Video and Interactive Q&A
Thursday, March 12, 2015
1:30-2:30pm EDT

Learn more about recent and upcoming changes to NIH policy as a result of the publication of HHS' regulations implementing OMB's Uniform Guidance, and how it affects the grants process.  The video and Q&A combination provides a great opportunity to get clarification and additional information from NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) policy officials. 

Participation is as Easy as 1…2…3…:

1.      Watch the pre-recorded PPT Presentation Video at your convenience (approximately 30 minutes long).
2.      Develop any questions you have for NIH policy experts.
3.      Register for the Interactive Q&A and either ask questions in advance, ask during the live event on March 12, or just listen in.

Find out more at

Monday, February 23, 2015

Over 65 Grants Management, Program, Review and Policy officials from NIH & HHS will be on hand to share their expertise and answer your questions at the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, Maryland.  This unique event includes a 2-day seminar (May 7-8) and four optional pre-seminar workshops (May 6).  The workshops are filling fast, so check out the agenda details to see if the specific training you need, is offered.  General registration rates are available until April 3.  After that, late rates apply so don’t wait.  Research trainees (postdocs and graduate students can save an additional $50 with proof of status.)  The NIH Regional Seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the NIH grants process, including policies, on-line tools and resources, the eRA Commons, Peer Review and so much more!  For more information, visit the NIH Regional Seminar-Baltimore website at

Thursday, February 5, 2015

NIH is currently revising the policy requirements in the NIH Grants Policy Statement to align with DHHS's regulations (45 CFR Part 75) implementing OMB's Uniform Guidance. The NIH Interim Grant General Conditions document must be used until those revisions are in place. These conditions are effective for Notices of Award issued on/after December 26, 2014 that obligate new or supplemental funds. (NOT-OD-15-065; FAQs)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Applicants now have the option to use NIH's online ASSIST system to prepare and submit their R03 and R21 grant applications. ASSIST users benefit from pre-submission checks against NIH business rules and the ability to preview their application image in the NIH format prior to submission. Use of ASSIST is optional - downloadable forms and institutional system-to-system solutions remain viable submission options, as well. (NOT-OD-15-062)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NIH and AHRQ grant application due dates that fall on or between February 13 and February 18, 2015 will move to February 19, 2015 to accommodate a extended outage over the Presidents Day weekend. (NOT-OD-15-057)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. Availability of ASSIST for R03 and R21 applications, expansion of Unicode support to include application form fields, and February due date adjustments to accommodate extended downtime are among the topics covered in this edition.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Registration is now open for the 2015 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration taking place in Baltimore, Maryland.  Along with the 2-Day Seminar, May 7 & 8, the NIH is offering optional pre-seminar workshops on May 6.  Session tracks for the 2-Day Seminar, May 7 & 8 include topics for both administrators, new investigators, and anyone new or with limited experience working with NIH.  This seminar provides a comprehensive overview straight from NIH and HHS Program, Grants Management, Review, and Policy officials. In addition to the 2-Day Seminar, the NIH is offering optional pre-seminar workshops on May 6.  Register today at

Monday, January 12, 2015

NOT-OD-15-053 provides an updated diversity statement that describes NIH's interest in the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

NOT-OD-15-054 provides information on the statutory provisions that limit the use of funds on NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract awards for FY 2015.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. Simplified late policy, important submission reminders, ASSIST becoming an option for most NIH grant programs in 2015 and future NIH seminar are among the topics covered in this edition.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mark your calendar for the 2015 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, Maryland – May 6-8, 2015.  This 2-day seminar, with an optional 3rd day of pre-seminar workshops, is ideal for anyone in the extramural research community who is new to working with NIH grants:  administrators, new and early stage investigators, grant writers, etc.  Registration will open in early 2015.  In the meantime, access more information and a listserv option at  Note: If these dates don’t work for you, a 2nd seminar will be offered in late summer or early fall of 2015 in San Diego, California. NIH Guide Notice: NOT-OD-15-042.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. Updated grant application resources, SciENcv, and Commons ID requirement for Fellowship sponsors are among the topics covered in this edition.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NOT-OD-15-015 revises the definition of clinical trial, clarifying the distinction between clinical trials and clinical research studies and is designed to enhance the precision of the information NIH collects, tracks, and reports on clinical trials.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

As of October 17, 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires grantees to submit all type 5 progress reports using the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) module in eRA Commons. Annual progress reports submitted in any format other than the RPPR will not be processed by the NIH and will require resubmission through the RPPR. For additional information and links to related announcements and resources, visit NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-014.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NIH is providing special accommodations for application submission and grant reporting for program directors/principal investigators responding to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. See NOT-OD-15-010 for details.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including NIH, operates under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.J.Res. 124) signed by President Obama on September 19, 2014.  This Act (CR) continues government operations through December 11, 2014 at 99.9 percent of the FY 2014 enacted level. See for more info.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest.Systematic application compliance checking, a new Tips for Electronic Grant Submission Success video, and important reminder to Early Stage Investigators are among the topics covered in this edition.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Last year, NIH announced that we are moving to a system that uses subaccounts, meaning that grantees draw down funds from award-specific accounts in the Payment Management System (PMS). Now, as described in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-103, "Revised Timeline for Administrative Changes to NIH Domestic Awards to Transition to Payment Management System Subaccounts," this implementation timeline has been revised. Please read the full NIH Guide notice for details. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. form behavior changes, inclusion data form reminders, website changes and tips for avoiding Adobe pop-ups at time of submission are among the topics covered in this edition.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NIH currently requires use of the RPPR module to submit progress reports for Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP), fellowship, and multi-year funded awards. This requirement will be extended to all type 5 non-SNAP progress reports as well, beginning with type 5 non-SNAP progress reports submitted on or after October 17, 2014. See the NIH Guide for details.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

On April 17, 2014, NIH and AHRQ announced a change in policy on application submissions in the NIH Guide.

 Effective immediately, for application due dates after April 16, 2014:

  • Following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date.

  • The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new (A0) application to any previously reviewed submission when accepting an application for review.

  • Although a new (A0) application does not allow an introduction or responses to the previous reviews, the NIH and AHRQ encourage applicants to refine and strengthen all application submissions.

​The policy is described in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-074 and NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-082. Be sure to also check out our page of frequently asked questions about resubmission of NIH applications.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest . Project Title length, system support for Unicode, Fellowship application reference letters and Change of Institution requests are among the topics covered in this edition.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Registration for the 2014 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration is in full swing.  Offered only once this year, the event will take place in Baltimore, MD (June 25-27).  There is still time to save some extra money with the Early Bird Registration Rate through Monday, March 17.  NIH Regional Seminar participants experience an unparalleled opportunity to gain a better perspective of NIH policies, programs, and the grants process directly from NIH & HHS officials, network with peers, gather helpful NIH contacts, and to return to the office or lab with useful information, resources, and tools to assist in obtaining and managing NIH awards. Additional Trainee Discount for Postdocs, Predocs, and Grad Students. For more information, see the 2014 NIH Regional Seminar website.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

NIH will expand to all institutions the opportunity to submit type 5 non-SNAP progress reports using the RPPR on April 25. NIH anticipates requiring all grantee institutions to use the RPPR for non-SNAP progress reports beginning on October 17, 2014. Read the Notice for details. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

On January 17, President Obama signed the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Public Law 113-76) into law, which provides funding to NIH for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.

The following related guide notices describe NIH implementation of this legislative mandate, and the 2014 fiscal policy:

  • NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2014 (NOT-OD-14-055)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2014 (NOT-OD-14-046)
  • Notice of Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts (NOT-OD-14-052)
  • Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY2014 (NOT-OD-14-053)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Due to the rescheduled meetings in the January 2014 council round, some CSR study section meetings in the May 2014 council round will be held on a delayed schedule in March 2014. New Investigators whose new R01 (A0) applications are being reviewed in these delayed CSR meetings may wish to take advantage of the next round resubmission option for their A1 applications. To allow New Investigators reviewed in March 2014 meetings sufficient time to prepare a next round resubmission application (A1) for the October 2014 council, a staggered resubmission deadline is being instituted. Specifically, these eligible New Investigator resubmitted A1 applications will be due 30 days after release of the summary statement for the original A0 application. See NOT-OD-14-050.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

NIH operates under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.J.Res. 106) continuing government operations through January 18, 2014 at the FY 2013 post-sequestration level. See NOT-OD-14-043 for more info.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

NIH has reissued the parent funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for the following Research Career Development (K) Awards:

  • PA-14-042:  NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)
  • PA-14-044:  Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01)
  • PA-14-045:  Independent Scientist Award (Parent K02)
  • PA-14-046:  Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Parent K08)
  • PA-14-043:  Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23)
  • PA-14-047:  Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (Parent K24)
  • PA-14-048:  Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (Parent K25)

Please see the NIH Guide announcement NOT-OD-14-036 for more information.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Are you ready for our move to updated electronic application forms (FORMS-C) for Fellowship, Career Development and Training programs?  Are you submitting a multi-project grant application to NIH electronically?  Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

NIH reminds awardee institutions that annual reports are due to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) by January 31. See the NIH Guide Notice for more information and links to helpful resources.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 has scheduled downtime Friday, December 6, 2013 through Sunday, December 8, 2013 in order to perform system maintenance. As a result, December 2013 NIH application due dates that fall in that timeframe will be adjusted. See the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-022 for the new due dates, and as always, submit early!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-014 provides additional clarification to the previous guidance (NOT-OD-14-007) on resumption of NIH extramural activities following the recent lapse in appropriations.  This includes specific language clarification and rescheduled standard due dates.

In addition to this clarification at NOT-OD-14-014,  updates and additional resources may be found on the FAQs and a web page devoted to the resumption of NIH Extramural Activities.