On December 31, 2017, downloadable pdf "packages" will drop off the list of available grant submission options list. NIH first started electronic applications in 2005 with PureEdge forms. Over the past twelve years, as technology evolved, new solutions were introduced. NIH developed ASSIST which soon became popular with users. NIH determined that 86 percent of the applications it received in June 2017 were prepared and submitted either through a S2S solution or ASSIST. However, the remaining applications, more then 1,800 (received in June), or those that rely on PDF packages as a backup method, there is a collaborative place, Grants.gov workspace. This workspace is a shared, online environment managed by Grants.gov were multiple users can simultaneously work on different forms within an application package. This workspace will work with all federal grant applications.
HMS-SPA has posted “Tips for Using NIH’s ASSIST” to help departments transition to using ASSIST. Our Pre-Award Officers are ready to help with questions you may have. While not required, SPH also suggests using ASSIST. More details to come over the next several months – stay tuned! To read Grants.gov blog post about this change click here.