30 Jun

NIH eSubmission Basics

Margaux | June 30th, 2014

OSP would like to provide researchers some reminders when it comes to NIH eSubmission.

  • Certain form fields are not marked “required” by NIH on federal-wide forms (e.g. Credential for PD/PIs and Organization for all entries on R&R Sr/Key Person Profile form; primary site DUNS on Project/Performance Sites form). However, if left out or are incorrect, these form fields create system errors upon submission.
  • Use PDF format for all attachments. Follow PDF Guidelines. No dashes, spaces, or unusual characters in file names.
  • Submit early – days, not minutes – to allow time to correct unforeseen errors.
  • Track your submission in eRA Commons. Email can be unreliable.
  • Check your entire assembled application image in eRA Commons. If you can’t view it, NIH can’t review it!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Use of Non Standard Characters in Form Fields.

NIH will be launching a second round of pilot tests for a new biosketch format. The primary focus of the new NIH biosketch will be the magnitude and significance of the scientific advances associated with a researchers’ discoveries and specific role the researcher played in those findings.  The new NIH biosketch will emphasize your accomplishment instead of just a list of publications.  The new format will allow up to five pages for the entire biosketch, and researchers will be permitted to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, the influence of their contribution on their scientific fields, and any subsequent effect of those contributions on health or technology.  Please watch for additional guidance on when this new format will be implemented.