On December 31, 2017 Grants.gov will no longer allow applicants to download an entire application form package as a single PDF for offline data entry and later submission. For the 80% of NIH applicants that used ASSIST or institutional system-to-system solutions in FY2017, this change will have little impact. Die-hard downloadable forms users, however, need to switch to another submission option quickly.
Consult with your Office of Sponsored Research or whoever is in charge of submitting grants for your organization to determine which of the remaining options (ASSIST, institutional system-to-system solutions, or Grants.gov Workspace) is the best fit.
Our Submission Options page can help you compare features and considerations for each choice. If there is no business reason to choose one option over another, give NIH’s ASSIST a try. It’s a user-friendly, online solution optimized for NIH applications.