Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST)

What is the purpose?  

ASSIST ( is NIH's online system for the preparation, submission and tracking of grant applications through to NIH.  

What are the features?

  • Secure web-based data entry
  • Collaboration of multiple users
  • Pre-submission validation of many NIH and business rules1
  • Pre-population of data from eRA Commons profiles
  • Pre-submission print/preview of application in NIH format
  • Submission status tracking for both and eRA Commons within a single system
  • Ability to import subaward budget data from external sources
  • Ability to copy application data from one announcement to another 

What are the benefits to Applicants?

  • Access to the application from anywhere there is internet access!
  • Multi-user solution promotes collaboration
  • Leverages existing eRA Commons credentials

What are the benefits to Staff?

  • Captures application data in eRA systems, facilitating application administration, analysis, and reuse
  • Presents clear, color PDF images including system-generated data summaries for review and funding consideration
  • Ensures standard application structure
  • Provides immediate availability of subproject data in multi-project applications

1Although many business rules are systematically checked, additional validations (e.g., verifying active SAM registration) and manual NIH compliance checks are performed post-submission before an application is fully accepted by NIH for consideration.