NIH's eRA systems check grant applications against many (but not all) application guide and funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) instructions. These system checks are called validations. When an application fails to pass a validation, the eRA systems generate errors and/or warnings.
The following documents provide detailed (form by form and field by field) information regarding system-enforced validations. System-enforced validations are a subset of the business checks conducted against an application (see How We Check for Completeness).
Applicants should not rely on system-enforced validations alone to ensure a complete, compliant, and responsive application. Applicants must follow all instructions in their FOA and corresponding NIH SF424 R&R Application Guide including those that are not subject to system validations.
- System Validations (PDF - 7 MB)