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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

Visit the NIHGPS site for the latest version.

Salary Cap

NIH has not officially announced the Salary Cap, but we do see the Executive Level II salary that was previously set at $203,700, and is now $212,100, effective January 1, 2023, as set by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, Public Law 117-328, signed into law on December 29, 2022.

See: NOT-HS-23-005: Salary Limitation on AHRQ FY2023 Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts 

Reference a history of Salary Caps and refer to NIH guidance. We will re-announce once NIH has made it official in its Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements. Follow your school/college/unit requirements on charging in proposal budgets.

NIH Forms-H Application Package Resources

  • This U-M worksheet for FORMS-H 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 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 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.