The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has begun to move to
receiving grant applications electronically. There are six steps in the
electronic application process.
1. Prepare to Apply
Applicant institutions and researchers must prepare for electronic submission, including determining their mode of submission and registering with Grants.gov.
2. Find Opportunity and Download Application Package
Steps for finding grant funding opportunities, submitting applications, and tracking progress
Go to: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/find_app.htm
AHRQ's strategy for transitioning to electronic filing and a timetable for the effective dates of electronic filing for specific grant funding mechanisms.
Go to: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/strategy_timeline.htm
3. Prepare Application
Two versions of the application guides are available, corresponding to different versions of the SF 424 (R&R) forms.
Go to: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/prepare_app.htm
Grants.gov and NIH/AHRQ implementation plans for Version 2 of the SF424 (R&R) (NOT-OD-06-078).
Go to: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not-od-06-085.html
4. Submit Application to Grants.gov
How to submit applications—rules, steps, notifications, and other information
Go to: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/submit_app.htm
5. Check Submission Status in Commons
Once an application has been submitted, Grants.gov and eRA Commons will send
status notifications by E-mail. Grants.gov notifies the
Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) only. eRA Commons notifies the
AOR/Signing Official (SO) and the Principal Investigator (PI).
Go to: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/check_submission.htm
6. Check Assembled Application
Once an application package has been successfully submitted through Grants.gov,
any errors have been addressed, and the assembled application has been created
in the eRA Commons, the PD/PI and AOR/SO have 2 business days to view the application
Go to: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/check_assembled_app.htm
Current as of August 2008
The Six Steps of Applying Electronically. Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/fund/6steps.htm