NIH’s goal of accepting all competing grant applications electronically is finally within reach! As described in an earlier post (Getting Ready to ASSIST You with Multi-project Electronic Grant Submissions), NIH has been piloting the ASSIST service for the electronic preparation and submission of multi-project applications for the past six months. After piloting five funding opportunities from start to finish, lots of applicant feedback, and numerous system, instruction and process enhancements in place, NIH is ready to move ahead and has announced an adjusted transition schedule (NOT-OD-13-075).
The transition to electronic application submission will occur on a program-by-program basis starting with September 25, 2013 deadlines. NIH will accept all competing grant applications electronically by May 2014. If you are planning to submit a multi-project application, please consult the updated timeline to see when these changes apply to you and visit the Applying Electronically Web site for more resources and help.