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Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

The Six Steps of Applying Electronically

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has begun to move to receiving grant applications electronically. There are six steps in the electronic application process.

1. Prepare to Apply

Applicant institutions and researchers must prepare for electronic submission, including determining their mode of submission and registering with

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2. Find Opportunity and Download Application Package

Steps for finding grant funding opportunities, submitting applications, and tracking progress

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AHRQ's strategy for transitioning to electronic filing and a timetable for the effective dates of electronic filing for specific grant funding mechanisms.

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3. Prepare Application

Two versions of the application guides are available, corresponding to different versions of the SF 424 (R&R) forms.

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4. Submit Application to

How to submit applications—rules, steps, notifications, and other information

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5. Check Submission Status in Commons

Once an application has been submitted, and eRA Commons will send status notifications by E-mail. notifies the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) only. eRA Commons notifies the AOR/Signing Official (SO) and the Principal Investigator (PI).

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6. Check Assembled Application

Once an application package has been successfully submitted through, any errors have been addressed, and the assembled application has been created in the eRA Commons, the PD/PI and AOR/SO have 2 business days to view the application image.

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Current as of August 2008

Internet Citation:

The Six Steps of Applying Electronically. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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