ASSIST Submission System Now Open for NIH’s Training and Career Programs

On July 20, 2015,  NIH announces the immediate availability of ASSIST as a submission option for NIH’s Institutional Training and Career Development applications (Ts and K12), other training applications (Ds) and additional research applications. ASSIST is NIH’s on-line system for the preparation, submission and tracking of grant applications through to NIH.

ASSIST support is now available for the following programs:

  • All multi-project grant programs (May 2013: NOT-OD-13-075)
  • Small Research Grant (R03) and Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) programs (January 2015: NOT-OD-15-062)
  • Research Grant (R01), Research Project Cooperative Agreements and Individual Career Development Award (K, excluding  K12) programs (April 2015: NOT-OD-15-098, NOT-OD-15-099)
  • Institutional Training and Career Development programs (Ts and K12), other training programs (Ds), and additional research applications (DP7, R13, R15, R18, R21/R33, R24, R25, R33, R34, R35, R36, R61/R33, RF1, RM1, SI2/R00, U13, U18, U24, U2R, U34, UA5, UF1, UG3/UH3, UH1, UH2, UH2/UH3, UH3, UH4, UM1)

ASSIST will become an option for additional grant programs throughout 2015 (NOT-OD-15-044; timeline).

Use of ASSIST is optional; downloadable forms and institutional system-to-system solutions remain viable alternatives for application preparation and submission to NIH (learn more about options).


ASSIST provides users:

  • Secure web-based data entry
  • Collaboration of multiple users
  • Pre-submission validation of many NIH and business rules
  • Pre-population of data from eRA Commons profiles
  • Pre-submission print/preview of application in NIH format
  • Submission status tracking for both and eRA Commons within a single system
  • Ability to import subaward budget data from external sources
  • Ability to copy application data (excluding attachments) from a previously prepared application

Funding opportunity announcements posted in the NIH Guide for Grants & Contracts that allow ASSIST as an option contain an “Apply Online Using ASSIST” button in addition to the “Apply Using Downloadable Forms” button.

The following resources are available to help applicants prepare their applications using ASSIST:

– See more at:


About Suzanne Stroud

Suzanne Stroud has volunteered as a mentor for the Research Administrators Certification Council in NY to help other research administrators prepare for the CRA, CPRA and CFRA exams. You may contact Suzanne if you are preparing to study for these exams or will setup study groups.

Posted on July 24, 2015, in Certified Research Administrator Credentials/Exams. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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