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Program Assignment Change Requests in NIAID SOP 

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This SOP has internal roles only.

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


To change an application's internal NIAID program assignment within a division or between divisions.


After the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) assigns an application to NIAID, the Institute's Referral and Program Analysis Branch (RPAB) uses the Institute's referal guidelines to give it a program class code (PCC), indicating a scientific program.

NIAID program officers use the following process to request an internal change of an application's assignment when the change results in a new program class code.

Do not use this process to change administrative codes, which are used in the divisions to further refine program class code assignments. To change an administrative code, check your division's internal process. To request a change of primary IC assignment from CSR, see the NIAID Request for Assignment Changes From CSR SOP.

Program Officers

  • May request a change of PCC if:
    • An application is assigned inappropriately.
    • Division referral guidelines change.
  • To request a change of PCC, do the following:
    • Get the approval of your branch chief.
    • Forward your assignment request to your division coordinator.
  • Division coordinators work with RPAB to change an assignment:
    • Assemble a justification and concurrences from all involved parties.
    • Email these items, with the requested assignment change to Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff.
  • To establish a new PCC, follow the instructions in our Request for a New Program and Program Class Code SOP.

RPAB Staff

  • Review the grant application and program change documentation.
  • If a change is consistent with NIAID's referral guidelines, change in the Receipt and Assignment Database and notify all involved parties.
  • The reassigned code is uploaded to IMPAC that night.


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Division coordinators:

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NIAID's Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Program Officers Listed by Program Class Codes, Excel spreadsheet

901—Request for Assignment Change form

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Program Assignment in NIAID SOP

Last Updated April 26, 2016

Last Reviewed June 18, 2015