eRA Information: Dealing with Fraudulent Phone Solicitations

Monday, April 23, 2018

We have become aware that some grant applicants and award recipients have been receiving fraudulent calls. The callers may represent themselves as eRA Service Desk team members in an attempt to acquire information or to simply make prank calls.


The fraudulent calls may be convincing because they are making it appear as if the call is coming from the eRA Service Desk. These callers are frequently aggressive and, at times, rude.


Please Note:

  • No government grant-making agency will make phone calls or send emails or letters to solicit money or personal banking information from a potential grant recipient.
  • There are no processing fees for federal grants.
  • Federal grants are not issued for personal use, but are intended for institutions and non-profits to carry out projects with a public purpose.


If you think that someone has fraudulently represented HHS or NIH, please visit or call the HHS Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477.