Most competing grant programs at NIH require electronic application submission. Applicant organizations submit using Grants.gov, the federal-wide portal for finding and applying for grants. Applicants must track their application submission from Grants.gov to the eRA Commons, NIH’s system for grants administration, to complete the submission process.
Electronic Application Process
Submitting a multi-project application?
Make Sure To…
- Register early! Registration at both Grants.gov and eRA Commons is required, can take 6 weeks or more and MUST be completed before the submission deadline. Learn more.
- Verify that your organization is registered with the new System for Award Management (SAM). You must maintain an active entity registration (formerly Central Contractor Registration [CCR] to be renewed at least annually.) Use the SAM.gov "Manage Entity" function to manage your entity registrations. See the Grants Registrations User Guide at www.sam.gov for additional information.
- Carefully follow the requirements found in the application guide and funding opportunity announcement. Instructions in the FOA supersede those found in the application guide.
- Check your application for common errors before you submit (use our Annotated Forms for extra tips).
- Correct any errors or warnings before the submission deadline.
- Verify that your application is viewable in the eRA Commons. If you cannot view the application in the Commons, NIH can’t review it!
- Submit early. The best way to reduce stress and ensure successful submission is to submit well ahead of the due date.
History of move from paper to electronic applications. (PDF - 31 KB)