Announcing Transition Schedule for NIH/AHRQ/CDC/NIOSH/FDA to Adobe-based forms for SF424 Research and Related (R&R) Electronic Submissions through

Notice Number: NOT-OD-08-117

Update: The following updates relating to this announcement have been issued:

Key Dates
Release Date: September 22, 2008

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH),
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ),
Center for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, (CDC/NIOSH)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),

This Notice provides the Transition Schedule for NIH/AHRQ/CDC/NIOSH/FDA from PureEdge to Adobe-based grant application forms for electronic submissions of SF424 Research and Related (R&R) applications. Please note the importance of this schedule, as will not accept PureEdge applications after the transition dates noted below. 

Most electronic submissions to NIH on or after January 1, 2009, must use Adobe application forms, except:

NIH Transition Schedule to Adobe for Standard Submission Dates

The following table provides the final standard submission dates for PureEdge applications, along with the first Adobe submission dates.

Grant type

PureEdge Submission Date

First Adobe
Submission Date

C06/UC6, R18/U18, R25, Gs, S11, S21, S22, SC1, SC2, SC3


1/7/2009 (AIDS)



1/7/2009 (AIDS)



1/7/2009 (AIDS)

R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36


1/7/2009 (AIDS)


 1/7/2009 (AIDS)


R41, R42, R43, R44

1/7/2009 (AIDS)




More details will be provided in the coming weeks on the Resources for Adobe Transition Web page on the Electronic Submission of Grant Applications Web site at:

During the transition to Adobe forms, applicants should follow the usual process for seeking support with any electronic submission issue. Questions on form functionality or submission of the forms to should be directed to the Contact Center.  If you encounter a technical issue that threatens NIH’s timely receipt of your application, work with the Contact Center and be sure to contact the eRA Help Desk at NIH to document the issue and provide us with the Contact Center tracking number.

Related Guide Notices:
Adobe Pilot Application Guide Available (August 1, 2008)
Pilot for Transition from PureEdge to Adobe-based forms (July 2, 2008)
NIH/AHRQ Set Transition to Adobe for Dec. 2008 (May 23, 2008)


Questions about this Notice should be directed to:

Grants Information
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
Phone: 301-435-0714
TTY: 301-451-0088

Weekly TOC for this Announcement
NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices

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