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NIAID Request for Assignment Changes From CSR SOP

This SOP has internal roles only.

This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.


To request that the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) 1) change a grant application's primary institute assignment, grant number, activity code, integrated review group (IRG) or study section, or Council date or 2) withdraw an application.


The procedure is as follows.

Change of Institute Assignment

Program Staff

Request a change in primary assignment for a grant application in either of the following cases:

Before Peer Review

  • Review new assignments in your portfolio immediately.
  • If you have an application that doesn't fit NIAID’s mission but suits another IC's better, discuss assignment changes with your counterparts at the other institute. 
    • If another IC agrees to accept primary assignment, fill out a 901 form (Instructions and Form) including the name of staff contacted in both ICs under “Staff Consulted,” and send it to your division coordinator. He or she will initiate an Assignment Change Request (ACR) through the IMPAC ACR module.
    • See the Request for Assignment Changes: Instructions for more information.
  • If an application doesn’t fit NIAID's mission and you can’t find another IC home for the application, decline the assignment by filling out a DRR Attention Needed (DR RAN) form within 30 days of the assignment’s appearance in IMPAC. CSR will not accept our request after the 30 days.
  • In deciding whether to accept an assignment change from another institute, discuss the consequences with your branch chief.
    • If your division decides to accept an application, notify your division coordinator, who will then let the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID ReceiptReferral know. If we agree to accept, the other institute will usually initiate an ACR.
  • If IRG review of an application is moved to NIAID from another institute, notify the scientific review officer (SRO) of the assignment change so he or she can prepare.

After Peer Review

  • If NIAID wants to accept primary assignment from another IC after peer review, do not make this request until after the summary statement is in IMPAC.
  • Get approval from the NIAID budget office, complete a 901 form (Instructions and Form), and route it with branch chief concurrence to your division coordinator.
  • Division coordinators forward a budget approval email to NIAID ReceiptReferral and initiate an ACR.
    • Ask to be the primary institute only if your division has the money to fund the application and you are interested in it.
    • After peer review, funding comes from your division's discretionary funds.
    • Ask your management if the grant can go on its end-of-year request list.
    • Keep in mind that your division will budget for few of these applications.

Change of Grant Number, Activity Code, Integrated Review Group or Study Section, or Council Date

Program Staff or Scientific Review Officers

Withdrawal After Application Submission

Program Staff or Scientific Review Officers


For more information, read Communicating With NIAID—How to Get Help.

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID ReceiptReferral

Program Division Coordinators

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff—DAIDS

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff—DAIT

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff—DMID GrantOps

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Last Updated March 22, 2016

Last Reviewed January 11, 2016