ASSIST was originally launched in 2012 for multi-project applications since they didn’t fit well within the electronic submission methods available at the time. Since then, the system has been expanded to address even more challenges identified by the NIH community. As of the December 22nd release (which completes the timeline for single-project support), ASSIST is now an option for:
- All single and multi-project, competing grant applications
- Single-project administrative supplements
- Single-project, post-award successor-in-interest (type 6) requests
- Single-project, post-award change of institution (type 7) requests
While the use of ASSIST is optional, benefits include the pre-population of data from eRA Commons profiles, submission status tracking for both Grants.gov and eRA Commons, the ability to import subaward budget forms, and the ability to copy data from a previously prepared application. For more information and resources, see NOT-OD-16-042.