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National Institutes of Health

System Help from NIH

Contact the NIH electronic research administration (eRA) Service Desk. Preferred method is to submit a ticket on the NIH website.

  • Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552 (Press 1 for eRA Commons or ASSIST)
  • Phone: 301-402-7469 (Press 1 for eRA Commons or ASSIST)
  • Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time (closed on federal holidays)

Contact for information/questions on:

  • ASSIST
  • eRA Commons
  • eRA Commons Registration
  • eRA errors and warnings
  • Application Status
  • Post-award administration

If you need immediate help (i.e. you are within two days of a deadline or in the event of a security emergency), call us. The Service Desk's busiest hours are between 10 a.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET.

Newsletters from NIH

NIH has a great collection of email newsletters and blogs to subscribe to, including the periodic NIH eSubmission Items of Interest. Our favorites include:

NIH Grants Policy Statement

NIH released its new Grants Policy Statement in December 2021. Visit the NIHGPS site for more information on significant changes.  

Salary Cap

2/10/22:  The National Institutes for Health has formally announced the salary cap on the NIH website for Executive Level II at $203,700– a $4,400 increase, effective January 2, 2022. See NOT 22-076. Or view this history of Salary Caps.

NIH Forms-G Application Package Resources

  • FORMS-G now available (NIH website). 
  • Fillable NIH FORMS-G PDF worksheet. This U-M worksheet is intended to help Research Administrators (RAs) collect the detailed data and scientific questions they will need from principal investigators (PIs) to more readily complete FORMS-G and the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form in the eResearch Proposal Management System (eRPM). 

NIH Appendix Reminder

The only allowable appendix materials are:

For applications proposing clinical trials (unless the FOA provides other instructions for these materials):

  • Clinical trial protocols
  • Investigator's brochure from Investigational New Drug (IND), as appropriate

For all applications:

  • Blank informed consent/assent form;
  • Blank surveys, questionnaires, data collection instruments;
  • FOA-specified items. (NOTE: If appendix materials are required in the FOA, review criteria for that FOA will address those materials, and applications submitted without those appendix materials will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.)

NIH, Uniform Guidance, and Prior Approvals

Refer to Federal Research Terms and Conditions, housed on the NSF website.

References and Resources

  • NIH R01 Proposal Checklist

    Provided a finalized proposal is received within ORSP’s internal deadline, ORSP will check the following items on a standard unsolicited proposal under the National Institutes of Health’s parent R01 announcement when prepared as a Grants.gov application in the eRPM system.

  • NIH's eRA eSubmission Items of Interest

NIH Guidelines

Questions?

First, always read the guidelines of your funding opportunity or the award. Additionally, contact your ORSP Project Representative for sponsor-specific questions.


Help from NIH

National Institutes of Health (NIH) or electronic research administration (eRA) Service Desk. The preferred method is to submit a ticket on the NIH website (grants.nih.gov/support).

  • Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552 (Press 1 for eRA Commons or ASSIST)
  • Phone: 301-402-7469 (Press 1 for eRA Commons or ASSIST)
  • Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time (closed on federal holidays)

Note that the Service Desk's busiest hours are between 10 a.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET.