Good Morning, How May We ASSIST You?
Last week, ASSIST became a submission option for R01s and U01s. This means that ASSIST is now available for R01, U01, R03, all multi-project grant programs, and Individual Career Development Award (K, excluding KM1 and K12) applications. Right now, you may choose to use ASSIST for its features (we like how you can validate for errors and warnings BEFORE submission), or you may continue to use the downloadable SF424 forms. Keep in mind, however, that SF424 wasn’t always required either 😉 In order to use ASSIST, you must use or obtain an eRACommons ID.
We’ve used ASSIST a few times here at RAS and we thought we’d share a few things we’ve found:
- Because ASSIST is cloud-based and directly populated to NIH, you can see errors and warnings before submission.
- More than one person can be signed in and working on an ASSIST application, just not on the same component.
- Only a person with recognized signing authority by NIH (according to their eRACommons credentials) can actually submit. You’ll need to add your GCO as a contributor.
- All components of your application will need to be marked “Final” before you can mark your application as “Ready to Submit.” Conversely, if a component is not marked “Work in Progress,” you cannot edit. As annoying as this will be when you are making last-minute changes, it does prevent accidental submission of unrefined applications.
Take a look around the system and see what you find. ASSIST is nothing to fear: if you can do an SF424, you can use ASSIST. In fact, we bet that you’ll like the administrative data carry-over population and pre-submission validation features. We’ve stumbled through enough now that we’ve hit many of the hiccups; if you run into one, let us know and we’ll be happy to help you navigate. Also check out the NIH ASSIST page, where you can access FAQs, common errors and training resources on the left-side menu.