The University of Iowa

NIH Memorandum


To:             Faculty and Administrative Staff
From:        Twila Fisher Reighley, Assistant Vice President for Research
Date:        January 23, 2006
Re:            NIH Applications Submitted Electronically via

New Internal UI Deadline: Five Working Days Prior to the NIH Deadline

The National Institutes of Health has announced its intention to transition to electronic submission of grant applications through the portal. The NIH will be implementing this transition gradually, by phasing in specific application mechanisms throughout 2006. The largest implementation (all R01 applications) is scheduled for the October 1, 2006, deadline. The UI Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) is preparing for this transition and has developed a website to keep the UI research community informed about updates to the NIH application process and associated institutional procedures, which can be accessed at:  electronicsubmissionnihgrants.html.

We also wish to take this opportunity to update faculty and staff regarding a few key points:

Registration:  You may have seen announcements encouraging applicants to register with  Please be assured that The University of Iowa is already registered as an institution and has successfully submitted applications via  Individual UI investigators do not register with  However, principal investigators for NIH applications do need to obtain an NIH eRA Commons User ID in order to submit an NIH application via  Currently, over 530 UI principal investigators have obtained a User ID for the NIH Commons.  To obtain a User ID and password for the NIH Commons, please email John Massa ( in the Division of Sponsored Programs.

Additional lead time is required:  The shift to electronic submission through will require a significant change in how we (investigators, department and college administrators, DSP) handle NIH deadlines