Fellowship applicants can continue to download forms from Grants.gov and work on them offline, or use one of the system-to-system submission systems used by some research institutions, but now you can also use ASSIST, NIH’s online system for application preparation and submission of your fellowship application.
ASSIST is a web-based system developed by NIH in close partnership with Grants.gov to address common application submission challenges. ASSIST has many great features that are unavailable in downloadable forms. The system will check your application for errors against NIH and Grants.gov business rules so you can correct any issues before you submit your application. Multiple users can collaborate on one application submission. Applications can be pre-populated with eRA Commons profile data. You can also preview and print your application before submission, in the same format reviewers will see it. You can even copy your application information into a new application submission. After you submit, ASSIST allows you to track your application’s submission status through both Grants.gov and eRA Commons as well.
How do you know if ASSIST is a submission option? Carefully read the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and use the ASSIST button from within the FOA to initiate your application. Read more in NOT-OD-16-023.
By the end of the month you will be able to submit the rest of our competing applications through ASSIST as well.
We love feedback and suggestions about the system. Please feel free to tell us what you think!