The National Institutes of Health has been developing updated application forms, identified as FORMS-D, that must be used for all applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2016. NIH intends to have the new forms available by March 25. NIH Guide notice NIH & AHRQ Announce Upcoming Changes to Policies, Instructions and Forms for 2016 Grant Applications (NOT-OD-16-004) provides information on planned changes to the forms.
To prepare for the change, NIH is developing resources for applicants, including a “completely revamped application guide that is much easier to use and understand.” NIH Extramural News Gearing Up for FORMS-D gives a brief summary. For more details, see NIH eSubmission Items of Interest – February 29, 2016. This covers topics such as FORMS-D application changes, timing, impact on continuous submission, impact on administrative requests, and identifying which form version was used for an application.
March 23, 2016 update: Reminder: NIH & AHRQ Grant Application Changes for Due Dates On or After May 25, 2016 (NOT-OD-16-081)
March 28, 2016 update: Restructured and Streamlined Application Guides and Supplemental Instructions Available for Applications Due Dates On or After May 25, 2016 (NOT-OD-16-084)