As announced over the summer, NIH will be requiring the use of updated application forms (FORMS-H) for due dates on or after January 25, 2023. Between October 25, 2022, and November 25, 2022, FORMS-H application packages will be added to active funding opportunity announcements. The How to Apply – Application Guide was updated on October 25 with FORMS-H application form instructions to prepare for the transition. Also see Guide Notice NOT-OD-23-012.
All form changes are listed in High-level Grant Application Form Change Summary: FORMS-H.
A key change in FORMS-H is support for the implementation of the 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. A new Other Plan(s) attachment field (see Figure 1 below) has been added on four application forms, where applicants can attach the required Data Management and Sharing Plan if required by the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
- PHS 398 Research Plan
- PHS 398 Career Development Award Supplemental Form
- PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan
- PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form
The intended due date for your application determines the correct form package to use.
- Application due dates on or before January 24, 2023: FORMS-G
- Application due dates on or after January 25, 2023: FORMS-H
For work in progress applications prepared using FORMS-G that need to be moved to FORMS-H for a due date on or after January 25, 2023, authorized users can use the copy feature in ASSIST to move the information in the existing application package to a new one. Grants.gov Workspace and many institutions’ system-to-system solutions have similar features. After transferring data, check the new application information and complete any new requirements.
Figure 1: PHS 398 Research Plan screen in ASSIST, showing the Other Plan(s) field where applicants can attach the Data Management and Sharing Plan
Form Instructions: How to Apply – Application Guide