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NIH Multi Project Applications with ASSIST

The Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) is now used to prepare and submit multi—project grant applications electronically to NIH and other Public Health Service agencies. See NIH Announcement NOT-OD-13-075 and NOT-OD-12-161.

Anyone involved in the preparation and submission of an NIH multi-project application should review the ASSIST webinar which was held on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013. Slides and full transcript are posted on their website at OER Webinars.

A list of multi-project funding opportunity announcements requiring the use of ASSIST can be found here. Please contact your Sponsored Projects Officer if you plan to submit a multi-project application and provide the opportunity number. To get additional help with ASSIST, please contact NIH:

ASSIST Online Help
eRA Commons Help Desk
Toll Free: 1-866-504-9552
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 7am – 8pm ET

For demonstration purposes and to become familiar with a multi-project funding opportunity, you can download the Multi-Project Test FOA Sample text (pdf). There are also instructions for using the demo environment for ASSIST and Multi-Project Applications: "Playing" with ASSIST – Applicants (pdf).

Additional resources include:

Official ASSIST Login:


ASSIST User Guide:

ASSIST Online Help:

Applying Electronically – Avoiding Common Errors: _errors.htm


Annotated Form Set:

ASSIST Transition Timeline:

Key Take-Aways for Multi-Project Applications:

Last Updated: 12/1/22