NIH Application Changes
The planned changes focus on the following areas:
- Rigor and transparency in research
- Vertebrate animals
- Inclusion reporting
- Data safety monitoring
- Research training
- Font requirements
- Biosketch clarifications
Some of the new policies require additional data collection and updates to our application forms. We have received approval from the Office of Management and Budget to make the needed form updates and we expect to have system support and guidance for these updates in place by March 25, 2016 (NOT-OD-15-146).
In order to move forward with the subset of policies which must remain consistent for all research applications in a funding year, we will implement the policy and guidance changes in two phases.
- Phase 1: Implements a subset of the policy changes using existing (FORMS-C) forms and updated instructions and will impact due dates on or after January 25, 2016.
- Phase 2: Completes the implementation with the introduction of new (FORMS-D) forms and instructions and will impact due dates on or after May 25, 2016.
Effective for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2016
The updated forms, identified by a Competition ID of "FORMS-D", must be used for all applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2016.
All active Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) will be reissued or updated to include "FORMS-D" forms at least 60 days prior to the first due date on or after May 25, 2016.
NIH will reissue parent announcements, administrative supplements, research training, career development, individual fellowship and multi-project FOAs that include "Indiv Career Dev", "Inst Career Dev" or "NRSA Training" component types.
NIH will add FORMS-D application packages to all other active research FOAs (i.e., update existing FOAs; no reissue). FORMS-C application packages will be set to expire after the May 7, 2016 AIDS due date. During a short transition period, you will need to select the appropriate application package based on due date.
By March 25, 2016, we will provide new application guides to be used with FORMS-D application forms for due dates on or after May 25, 2016.
Not only has our website changed, so has our whole approach to delivering application instructions. View the video overview to learn about the new filtered views of the instructions for the various grant programs, and how the HTML version of the general guide has been organized.