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New 2011 NIH Application Info

New 2011 NIH Application Forms

NIH must periodically implement updated versions of SF424 (R&R) application forms to stay current. Beginning this month, NIH will begin adding a new form package, referred to as ADOBE-FORMS-B1, to all funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).

Applicants submitting for Ks (Individual Research Career Development Awards Programs), Fs (Individual National Research Service Awards), Ts and Ds (Institutional Training and Career Development Programs and Other Training Grants) will be required to use ADOBE-FORMS-B1 for due dates of January 25, 2011 and beyond. Applicants submitting for all other NIH grant programs will be required to use ADOBE-FORMS-B1 beginning May 8, 2011.

As always, we encourage applicants to return to the FOA to pick up the most recent form version before applying. To learn more about the transition and the changes resulting from the forms update (they are minor, for the most part), please read NOT-OD-11-007 and NOT-OD-11-008.


Window Shut, Now What?

NIH, AHRQ, and NIOSH have decided to eliminate the error correction window from the electronic grant application submission process. This change takes effect for submission deadlines on January 25, 2011 and beyond (see NOT-OD-10-123).

Applicants will no longer have time after the deadline to address NIH system-identified errors/warnings in their applications. However, applicants still will have the two-business-day application viewing window to view their assembled application image before the deadline. The viewing window is an applicant’s one chance to view his or her grant application just as the NIH reviewers will see it.

NIH encourages applicants to submit early in order to view their application (and correct any errors/warnings) prior to the deadline. Applications submitted after the deadline, or applications with errors and/or warnings corrected after the deadline, will be subject to the NIH late policy and may not be reviewed.

NIH is committed to assisting applicants through this transition. The Applying Electronically website provides resources to assist the community through the application process. A recent eRA “Items of Interest” e-mail highlight recommended “checks” to make before submitting your application. Applicants are encouraged to sign up for eRA Commons e-mail updates if they do not receive them already.


Be on the Lookout for Shorter, Simpler Funding Opportunity Announcements from NIH

Changes have come to newly released NIH funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). A simplified format will make it easier to find the information you need to apply. Rather than repeating information found elsewhere, the new announcements direct you to the most up-to-date source information, such as the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide and the NIH Grants Policy Statement. This change shortens the announcements, making them easier to navigate, and it has the added benefit of allowing FOAs to remain accurate and up-to-date as instructions and policies change over time.

As always, the FOA should be your go-to source for specific scientific and programmatic information about a particular funding opportunity, and the FOA always takes precedence over the application guide. For an example of the new format, see RFA-DK-10-011.