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NIH, AHRQ, and NIOSH to Eliminate "Error Correction Window"


Beginning with submissions due on or after January 25, 2011, the NIH, AHRQ, and NIOSH will eliminate the Error Correction Window from the application submission process.

The Error Correction Window was originally implemented in December 2005, as a temporary measure to facilitate the transition from paper to electronic submission of grant applications.The window allowed applicants an opportunity, even after the application deadline, to correct missing or incorrect aspects of their applications in response to NIH system-generated errors and warnings displayed upon submission. Beginning on January 25, 2011, however, all applications submitted after the application deadline -- including those originally submitted prior to the deadline but withdrawn for corrections -- will be considered late and subject to the following agency-specific policies:

  • AHRQ applications will be subject to AHRQ’s late policies; please visit AHRQ for details.
  • NIH applications will be subject to the NIH late policy and may not be accepted for review. In addition, any post-submission application materials will be subject to the new policy detailed in the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-10-115.
  • NIOSH applications will be subject to submission requirements specified in individual funding opportunity announcements. Limitations for late applications and requirements for post-submission application materials will be specified in individual NIOSH funding opportunity announcements.

Note: Do not confuse the Error Correction Window with the Application Viewing Window, which remains in effect. The Application Viewing Window allows the applicant two business days to view the electronic application image in the eRA Commons before the application moves to the next step in the process. During this time, applicants can view and, if need be, reject the application to correct errors and address warnings, but, with the elimination of the Error Correction Window, must take care to resubmit the corrected application prior to the original submission deadline. The NIH, AHRQ, and NIOSH encourage applicants to submit in advance of the due date to take advantage of the two-business-day opportunity to view and, if need be, correct and resubmit the transmitted application before the deadline.

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Adobe-Forms-B: Restructured Application Forms and Instructions for Submissions for FY2011 Funding


Do not use Adobe-Forms-A forms any longer for your NIH application. You may see version-A forms in, but the NIH will no longer accept them. If you select and complete version-A forms by mistake, will accept the application, but NIH will reject it, eliminating it from consideration.

Be sure you choose Adobe-Forms-B from now on, noting that some sections of the version-B forms include new page limits, format, and organization.
If the Cayuse system doesn't seem to include the  Adobe-Forms-B forms pertaining to the particular solicitation of interest, please e-mail, citing the specific NIH program announcement. DSP will assist you in obtaining the correct application packet.

Related Information

  • How do I check to see if the Cayuse package is Adobe-Forms-B?
    • Click the "lightening bolt" in the upper right cornder of the Cayuse application form, and then check the Competition ID under Opportunity Details.
  • The corresponding SF424 Application Guide for the new NIH Adobe-Forms-B is available here.
  • Questions may be directed to John Massa in the UI Division of Sponsored Programs.

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Terminology Update: Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

Funding Opportunity Announcement -- or FOA -- is the new term for what we used to call a Program Annoucement (PA) or Funding Opportunity (FO).

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