eRA Enhancement: ASSIST’s New SAM Status Notification Coming May 24, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) will be upgraded on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. As part of the upgrade process, a new feature will inform users of their SAM registration status.

System of Award Management (SAM) is one of the required registrations for applying to and receiving federal grants. However, SAM registrations expire and need to be renewed yearly. As part of ASSIST, a pop-up message window will appear if the registration is going to expire within 14 days or has expired.  The pop-up message window will appear when an opportunity is initiated, and when the application status is set to “Ready to Submit.”

In addition to the pop-up message window, a new status button will be added to the initiation page for all new applications.  Users will be able to confirm the status of their institution’s SAM registration by clicking this button.

SAM Registration Status button

Should you have questions concerning the SAM registration, you can get additional information at  SAM help is provided by the Federal Service Desk at


NOTE: All eRA systems will remain available during this upgrade process.