NIH’s Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST)

If you’re not already familiar with this helpful SBIR/STTR Application Submission System for NIH proposals – It’s time you checked it out!

Briefly, from the ASSIST User’s Guide:

The Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) is a web-based system used to prepare applications using the SF424 Research & Related form set and to submit electronically through to NIH and other participating agencies.
ASSIST allows participants to do the following:

  • Leverage current eRA Commons credentials to access ASSIST
  • Delegate application preparation responsibilities to multiple users within and outside the applicant organization while maintaining appropriate access control and security
  • Populate data from established eRA Commons profiles
  • Run validations on federal-wide and agency business rules prior to submission
  • Generate Table of Contents, headers, footers, page numbers, etc. automatically
  • Print/Preview applications prior to submission in the format used by the agency
  • Present to reviewers clear, color PDF images rather than scanned versions of the application
  • Avoid the hassle of preparing and shipping multiple paper copies

ASSIST can support both single-project and multi-project (also known as multi-component or complex) applications with features presented differently depending on the type of application, as determined by the entered Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).


Application Format
All electronic single -project applications prepared in ASSIST will include:

  • All required forms necessary for the application package
  • All optional forms available for the application package

All electronic multi-project applications prepared in ASSIST will include:

  • A single Overall Component: The Overall component describes the entire application and how each of the additional components fit together.
  • Other Components: Some number of other component types (e.g., Admin Core, Project, Core) with predefined data collection requirements set by the agency when posting the opportunity in
  • Summaries: Information compiled from the data provided in the individual components (e.g., component and categorical roll-ups of budget data).


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