The NIH has released their much anticipated SF424 Adobe Forms B. Changes to the SF424 (R&R) form instructions were necessitated by the implementation of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. Additional changes were made to various parts of the application package to address the NIH Enhancing Peer Review.
Applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2010, using the incorrect forms or following old instructions will be delayed and may not be reviewed. Prior to beginning any application, please make sure to verify the version being used.
Some of the changes are:
- The Research Plan is restructured and aligned with peer review criteria. Three sections of the current Research Plan (Background and Significance, Preliminary Studies/Progress Report and Research Design & Methods) will be consolidated into a new single section within the Research Plan entitled Research Strategy. The new Research Strategy section will be sub-divided into three parts: Significance, Innovation & Approach.
- Shorter page limits are adopted. The page limit for the new Research Strategy section will be 6 pages (if Section 2-5 was <25 pages) or 12 pages (if Section 2-5 was 25 pages). One additional page will be allowed for Specific Aims. If the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) requires page limits that differ from the application instructions, the FOA page limits should be followed. For resubmission and revision applications for most programs, the Introduction will be limited to one page.
- The Biosketch now requires a Personal Statement and encourages applicants to limit the number of publications to 15.
- Instructions for describing Resources are modified to address the scientific environment and the institutional investment in Early Stage Investigators.
Please remember the NIH policy on resubmissions are limited to a single Amendment (A1) for proposals and competing renewals that were submitted beginning Jan. 25, 2009. Applications submitted before that date are "grandfathered" in and may submit a second (A2) resubmission application; however this window of opportunity will end January 7, 2011.
Please also note that the newly revised Continuation Progress Report for DHHS Public Health Service Grant (PHS 2590, rev. 06/09) now requires a Commons ID for all individuals with a postdoctoral role who participate in a project for at least one person month or more. Use of the revised PHS 2590 is required for all progress reports (electronic or hardcopy) due on or after Oct. 1, 2009. Contact Garrett Steed or Chris Doyle to obtain the necessary Commons ID. See staff directory.
Additional information on the changes can be found on the NIH's website at
Details of the application changes can be found at: http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/docs/application_changes.pdf
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