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CRISP on the Web Gets a Facelift

April 30, 2008
CRISP After many years, CRISP, the public-facing database of federally funded biomedical research projects, is undergoing a series of updates. During the next year, there will be several releases of an enhanced version of CRISP on the Web. The new system will continue to provide the same ability to search NIH-funded research but eventually will include more information associated with funded projects, including budget information and links to publications and patents resulting from NIH-funded research. In addition, the new version of CRISP on the Web will offer a new way of searching for grants and contract portfolios that reflects current research investments in specific diseases and other conditions, and research areas.

In the past, users have searched CRISP using terms that were manually indexed for each abstract. Indexing for Fiscal Year 2008 will be automated to provide a more extensive and flexible set of search options.

The new public face of CRISP may be accessed by going to and clicking on “Search Funded Scientific Projects,” or by going directly to Bookmarking this site will provide you access to the enhanced features as they come on-line.

NIH Reduces Error Correction Window to Two Business Days

December 4, 2007
NIH will reduce the ‘error correction window’ (i.e. the time allowed after the submission deadline to address NIH system identified errors/warnings) from five (5) business days to two (2) business days for all electronically submitted grant applications with submission deadlines on or after January 8, 2008 (See NOT-OD-08-018).

This change will mean that electronic applications will be considered ‘on-time’ if all of the following criteria are met:

The two business days provided to view the assembled application image in eRA Commons will remain unchanged.

For more information, see NIH eSubmission Items of Interest for Dec. 4, 2007 on the Electronic Submission website.

eRA Commons Changes Coming Soon

October 16, 2007
eRA is updating the eRA Commons Status software on Oct. 26, 2007, with a new look and new feature including:

Notice to NIH electronic submission listserv:
NIH Guide Notice:

NIH to Eliminate Paper Notice of Award (NoA) Letters as of Jan. 2008

October 15, 2007
NIH plans to do away with paper mailing of Notice of Award letters effective Jan. 1, 2008 as it moves towards its goal of a paperless grants process. Instead, NoAs will be sent solely via e-mail to grantee organizations and will be accessible in the eRA Commons through the Status module.

For information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-08-002

Powerful Award Trend Resource in the Works

September 21, 2007
Have you ever wondered which applications were awarded for a specific Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) or wanted to know the award dollars break down by FOA type for a specific NIH Institute or Center? The NIH Office of Extramural Research’s Division of Information Systems is building a powerful new resource to its Award Trends Website that puts this type of reporting right at your fingertips. Check out Total Award Dollars by Type of Funding Opportunity Announcement FY 2006 and 2007. This tool was created in response to research community requests for greater transparency in award funding and easier access to reporting data.

Let us know if we have hit the mark. Direct your questions, comments or suggestions on this work in progress to

November 1 deadline for institutions to review grant award data

September 21, 2007
The Nov. 1 deadline is fast approaching for grantee institutions and organizations to review data regarding grants they were awarded in fiscal year 2007. If your organization has been awarded any grants between October 1, 2006 and September 30, 2007, organization officials have an opportunity to review the information and provide NIH with updated information to avoid errors in assignment of grants in subsequent official NIH reports. After this deadline, grantee institutions and organizations will not be able to update their information in the official publication file.

Please note that the new deadline provides only a single month window of opportunity to provide updates. For information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-07-094.

Updated Application Guides Now Available

September 13, 2007
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Application Guide SF424 (R&R) and the corresponding SBIR/STTR Application Guide have been updated to include additional guidance on dealing with subaward budgets, a recent policy change to exclude Federal holidays from the two-day application viewing window, and suggested clarifications from the applicant community (see summary of changes).

In addition, the eSNAP User Guide has been updated. eSNAP provides the ability for eligible grantee institutions to electronically submit Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) progress reports through the eRA Commons.

Explore eRA's redesigned website

August 1, 2007
The electronic Research Administration (eRA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website ( designed to provide helpful, up-to-date information with quick and easy navigation for visitors. The revamped eRA home page ushers users to the information that is important to them by tailoring the content in distinct areas for Grant Applicants versus NIH/Federal Grantor Agencies. The goal is to put the information you need at your fingertips. The website has been designed based on analysis of website traffic, frequently used links and feedback from the grant community.


NIH will require Financial Status Reports to be submitted electronically via eRA Commons effective Oct. 1, 2007

July 27, 2007
NIH will require all Financial Status Reports (FSRs) due on or after Oct. 1, 2007, to be submitted using the electronic FSR system located in the eRA Commons. This includes all initial FSRs being prepared for submission and any revisions being submitted or re-submitted to NIH. For information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-07-078. launches Adobe, NIH still waiting to transition

July 10, 2007 has deployed the 2007 System and has begun a phased deployment of Adobe Forms. The SF424 (R&R) forms package is not yet available. Therefore, NIH will not be positioned to post new application packages with the Adobe-based forms this summer (see June 29 eSubmission listserv notice). Grant applicants are advised to keep using the current forms until they hear otherwise from NIH.

Ability of PI to delegate Status access to assistant

May 17, 2007
Principal Investigators (PIs) now have the ability to delegate to any Commons-registered individual with an ASST role the ability to view the status of electronically submitted applications. Once this delegation has been granted, the individual with the delegated authority will be able to view and access the list of applications associated with the PI. For information on this and other Commons changes, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-07-064.

This page last reviewed: May 1, 2008