EGRP News Flash - December 15, 2008

This NEWS FLASH from NCI's Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program (EGRP) brings you news about:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Regional Seminars on program funding and grants administration; and
  • NIH's transition to Adobe-based forms for SF424 Research and Related (R&R) electronic submissions through

2009 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration

The NIH has announced two Regional Seminars planned for 2009 covering topics related to NIH extramural program funding and grants administration. The 2009 seminars will be held April 16-17, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia and June 25-26, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Access the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts for the Notices: NOT-OD-09-012External Web Site Policy

Reminder and Clarification About New Adobe Forms for Electronic Submissions through

In September 2008, NIH announced plans to transition to Adobe-based grant forms. NIH released a reminder and clarification on November 21, 2008, NIH Guide Notice NOT-09-020External Web Site Policy. Most electronic submissions for receipt dates on or after January 1, 2009 will be required to use the new Adobe-based forms. The full Adobe transition timelineExternal Web Site Policy, including specific dates and details, is available. NIH is moving forward with the transition as scheduled and the Adobe-based application forms will become available after December 5, 2008. Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) with non-standard and standard submission dates expiring on or before January 31, 2009 will use PureEdge until the expiration date.

Adobe-based forms will be updated again in March/April 2009. Applicants will need to access their respective FOAs at that time to download the latest version of the application forms for receipt dates in May 2009 and beyond.

To ensure a smooth transition, everyone who will work on an application must download Adobe Reader version 8.1.3 or later – available at no cost – and use it to open and complete their application(s). Although the software has changed, the electronic submission process has NOT. Applicants may work on all of the PDF attachments for the Research Plan and other components of the application now. These components of the application are not affected by the new Adobe forms.

NIH will continue to make information available on the Resources for Adobe Transition Web page on the Electronic Submission Grant Applications Web siteExternal Web Site Policy.

Access the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts for the Relevant Adobe Forms Transition Notices:

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