NIH Accepts Only Electronic Submissions for Administrative Supplements

Funding News Edition: August 05, 2020
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Grantees planning to submit single- or multi-project administrative supplement applications should be aware that NIH issued a Notice of Requirement for Electronic Submission of All Administrative Supplements that outlines updates to its application submission policy.

As of July 25, 2020, grantees who submit administrative supplement applications to single- and multi-project awards must submit electronically through using NIH ASSIST, Workspace, or institutional system-to-system solutions.

What Are Administrative Supplements?

Administrative supplements are additional funds added during a current project period to meet costs within the original scope of the award but were unforeseen when the new or renewal grant application was submitted.

Updated Policy Will Standardize Submission Process 

Previously, we allowed paper-based applications for administrative supplements. By eliminating this option, we reduce the challenge of tracking and capturing structured data elements and allow staff to standardize application instructions and ensure consistency throughout the application process.

How To Apply

NIH will reissue the following administrative supplement parent announcements:

Grantees must apply through the reissued FOAs that use FORMS-F. Take note, if your parent award has multiple projects, you’ll submit one application for the overall grant rather than submitting a separate application for each individual project.

Inquiries and Contact

If you have questions or comments, contact the Systems Policy Branch at the NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration at

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