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Help from NIH

National Institutes of Health (NIH) or electronic research administration (eRA) Service Desk. 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)

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

Sponsor-specific tools and resources for working with the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Did You Know?


National Institutes of HealthNIH has a great collection of email newsletters and blogs you can subscribe to, including the periodic NIH eSubmission Items of Interest

Sign up for one or more of NIH's mailing lists:

News and Updates

The Executive Level II NIH Salary Cap increased to $197,300, effective January 5, 2020. NIH will not automatically increase awards to accommodate the current Executive Level II salary cap of $197,300, however, you can begin to charge at that salary level as of that date if you choose to rebudget.  Reference a history of Salary Caps.

NIH Forms-E Application Package Resources

  • Download this fillable NIH FORMS-E PDF worksheet with some extracted questions from FORMS-E of the SF424 forms set. This 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-E and the new PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form in the eResearch Proposal Management System (eRPM). 

NIH Forms E Workshop Snapshot

U-M NIH FORMS-E Video


Here's a quick checklist to help you with Forms-E requirements.


✔  Know if you have a Clinical Trial. Review the Four Question decision tree to find out if you are working on one.

✔  Use the correct funding opportunity announcement (FOA).

✔  Complete Good Clinical Practice Training.

✔  Register and report in ClinicalTrials.gov once your proposal is funded.

✔  For any NIH-funded multi-site study involving human subjects (whether a clinical trial or not), you may need a Single Institutional Review Board (sIRB).

✔ Start early to correctly complete the new SF424 FORMS-E. It takes more time and requires the PI's input.

Additional NIH Resources


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.

NIH Reminder: Biosketch Requirements  

NIH Biosketch Information

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
  • U-M FORMS-E Worksheet

    A fillable PDF worksheet with an extraction of some of the questions in FORMS-E for the SF424 forms set. This worksheet is intended to help Research Administrators (RAs) collect the detailed data and scientific questions they will need from their principal investigators (PIs) to more readily complete FORMS-E in the eResearch Proposal Management System. 

Video Presentations

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.