The Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) is a tool developed by the NIH to allow institutions to electronically prepare, submit, and track grant applications through Grants.Gov to NIH. The system was originally created for multi-project submissions (PPGs), however, the success of the system has led NIH to expand its use to single-project submissions as well.
ASSIST allows for pre-population of data from investigators eRA Commons profiles, collaboration with multiple investigators, secure login via eRA Commons accounts, and validation of business rules before submission.
Please see the Review Priorities documents which outline both the department's and HS SPPO's responsibilities in reviewing ASSIST applications.
All users with eRA Commons accounts have the capability to initiate applications in ASSIST.
To initiate a single-project application in ASSIST, search for the Funding Opportunity Announcement in
ASSIST. The system will ask for the title of the project and the PI's eRA Commons User Name. Entering the User Name at this point will allow the system to pre-populate some of the institutional information required for submission. Once this information is entered, the application will be assigned an Application Identifier. Please e-mail this number along with the fund manager's name to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Fund managers do not have edit rights to the ASSIST application and must be assigned these rights by HS SPPO.
To initiate a multi-project application in ASSIST, please follow the
Multi-Project Grant instructions.
Please note that PIs automatically have edit rights to the entire application. If the fund manager chooses to only give the PI view access, they must update the rights in the "Maintain Access" tab of ASSIST.