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New NIH "FORMS-E" Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2018

Modified: May 23, 2017

Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-062

Issued by: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

This notice informs the biomedical and health services research communities of changes to grant application form and application guide instructions for due dates on or after January 25, 2018.

Focus of changes:

  • Consolidation of human subjects, inclusion enrollment, and clinical trial information previously collected across multiple agency forms
  • Expansion and use of discrete form fields for clinical trial information to
    • provide the level of information needed for peer review;
    • lead applicants through clinical trial information collection requirements;
    • present key information to reviewers and agency staff in a consistent format; and
    • align with ClinicalTrials.gov (where possible) and position us for future data exchange with ClinicalTrials.gov
  • Incorporation of recent Grants.gov changes to R&R Budget and SBIR/STTR Information forms

These changes will be implemented with application form packages identified with a Competition ID of "FORMS-E" and associated application guide instructions. See High-level Summary of Form Changes in FORMS-E Application Packages for a full list of changes.

Availability of FORMS-E Application Packages

We will begin posting new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) with FORMS-E application packages on October 25, 2017.

  • New FOAs posted before October 25, 2017 with initial due dates on or after January 25, 2018 will be posted without application forms. Application packages will be added to these FOAs by November 10, 2017.

All NIH "parent" announcements that use standard due dates will be expired and reissued with new FOA numbers, FORMS-E application packages and instructions. The FORMS-E parent announcements will be posted no later than 60 days before their standard due date. For a transition period, both FORMS-D and FORMS-E parent announcements will be active. Applicants must choose the announcement with the appropriate application package for their due date (see table below).

All active FOAs with due dates both before and after January 25, 2018 will be updated to add FORMS-E application packages between October 25, 2017 and November 25, 2017. For a transition period, both FORMS-D and FORMS-E application packages will be active. Applicants must choose the appropriate application package for their due date when presented with both FORMS-D and FORMS-E application packages on the same FOA (see table below).

Due dates

Additional guide notices for individual FOAs with unique due date considerations will be issued as needed and referenced in the Related Notices section of each FOA.

Training Grant Director