Don’t Panic Over Expiration of Fed-wide Forms – Continue Using Current Forms Until Further Notice

NIH application packages are made up of both agency-specific and federal-wide forms. At least every three years, we are required to reassess our data collection needs, make any needed adjustments, and submit a data collection clearance request to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

We just finished updating all of our agency-specific (Public Health Service or “PHS”) forms, which expired in August 2015, to FORMS-D. Now we need to deal with the forms used federal-wide which are on a different clearance schedule. The forms in our FORMS-D application packages labeled “R&R” or “Research & Related” expired on June 30, 2016 and the Project/Performance Site Location form is due to expire on September 30th. As described in a recent NIH Guide notice (NOT-OD-16-120) and a recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest article, there’s no need to panic. For now, keep using the forms we post with our funding opportunity announcements (ignoring any old expiration dates on the forms). After we get the updated federal-wide forms from Grants.gov, we’ll let you know if there is anything you need to do differently.

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