As part of changes implemented earlier this year to streamline the eRA Commons registration process, each organization is required to indicate for which type(s) of opportunity it is eligible (i.e. NIH, OTA, etc.).
There are three types, each of which has specific registration requirements:
- Your Organization is eligible to apply for NIH Grants/Contracts.
- Your Organization is eligible to apply for Non-NIH Grants/Contracts.
- Your Organization is eligible to apply for NIH other transaction authority (OTA) opportunities.
Figure 1: Opportunity Type Eligibility Checkboxes in the Institutional Profile
As part of that process, we added system checks in August 2018 to confirm the eligibility status of the applicant organization for the selected opportunity type(s).
These boxes are checked during eRA Commons registration. Once registration is complete, this information is ported over to the Institutional Profile.
Small business applicants, please review your institutional profile to ensure that you have selected the appropriate opportunity type(s). When an application is submitted to NIH, a system check will be run to verify that the eligibility status of the applicant organization matches the submitted application type (NIH, Non-NIH, or OTA).
For NIH and Non-NIH Grant opportunities, applicant organizations must have a valid DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet Number) at the time they register with eRA Commons.
For OTA opportunities, applicant organizations are not required to have a DUNS number at the time of eRA Commons registration but need to have one before award.
NOTE: Only a person with the signing official role can update the Opportunity Type Eligibility checkboxes.
To review the Institution Profile for these settings:
- Log into eRA Commons
- Click on the Institution Profile tab
- Select the Institution Basic Information sub-tab
- Expand the About the Institution tile
Under the information about DUNS, you will find the Opportunity Type Eligibility section. If this information needs to be updated, click the Edit button on the right side and make the desired changes. Click the Save Changes button at the top of the screen when done.
NOTE: Changing the status of a box does not automatically make you eligible for a specific type of opportunity. It is your confirmation that you have completed all the necessary registrations and eligibility requirements as outlined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement (e.g., Section 2.5.3 determining applicant Organization Eligibility) along with the NIH SF424 (R&R) Application Instructions (e.g., Section 2.2.2 eRA Commons Registration).
See NOT-OD-16-057 for more information.