In October, NIH will release FORMS-G application packages, and will begin requiring FORMS-G for all applications due on or after January 25, 2022. Huron, the entity that designed and supports the product that ASU’s ERA system is built on, will then need to develop an updated version of the SF424 for system-to-system (S2S) use. Huron anticipates releasing their FORMS-G SF424 on December 31, 2021 – however, once released, ASU developers will still need at least 3-4 weeks to test and deploy the updates in ERA.
What does this mean for NIH proposals in the meantime?
Based on the timeline above and the potential for delays, NIH proposals due at the end of January – early February should be prepared for submission via ASSIST or Grants.gov Workspace (not S2S). Prior to deployment of FORMS-G in ERA, users will see an error message for NIH FOAs indicating that S2S submission is not supported.
Once the FORMS-G SF424 is deployed in ERA, ASU will be able to return to S2S submission for NIH proposals. Updates will be posted here on Research Operations News, including notice when FORMS-G is available in ERA.