REVISED PHS 398 AND PHS 2590 NOW AVAILABLE, REVISED PHS 416-1 AND 416-9 IN
PRODUCTION

Release Date:  November 12, 1998

P.T.

National Institutes of Health

The revised (4/98) PHS 398 and PHS 2590 grant application forms and instructions
are now available, and may now be used by applicants.  For the January/February
1999 application receipt dates, use of the revised forms is encouraged.  The new
forms must be used for receipt dates of May 10, 1999 and thereafter.

The new PHS 398 and PHS 2590 application instructions and forms are available on
the NIH grants Web site at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm.  Applicants are
encouraged to access the application instructions and forms via the Internet;
however, single hard copies will be available from Offices of Sponsored Programs
at most research organizations.  The Offices of Sponsored Programs may order bulk
quantities by e-mail, anticipating their needs for six to twelve months, from
Grants Information, Division of Extramural Outreach and Information Resources. 
Applicants who do not have an Office of Sponsored Programs, or access to the
Internet, may also order copies from Grants Information.  Requests for hard
copies of the PHS 398 and PHS 2590 forms and instructions should be made to:

Grants Information
Division of Extramural Outreach and Information Resources
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Suite 6095
Bethesda, MD  20892-7910
Telephone:  (301) 435-0714
Email:  GrantsInfo@nih.gov

Provide a complete mailing address, the number of copies (not boxes) needed, an
e-mail address and telephone number.

The revised PHS 416-1 and PHS 416-9, Applications for an Individual National
Research Service Award, have been approved and are in the production process. 
When the revised PHS 416-1 and PHS 416-9 application instructions and forms
arrive, a notice will be published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
announcing their availability.  The current version (8/95) of the forms should
be used until the notice appears.  The current version may be used for the
December 5, 1998 receipt date.

CHANGES TO THE PHS 398 INCLUDE:

o  A "New Investigator" check box now appears on the Face Page of the
application;
o  Item 3c on the Face Page, the Social Security Number box, is shaded out.  The
Social Security Number should be provided on Form Page KK only.  A space now
appears at the top right hand corner of Form Page KK for the Social Security
Number;
o  Research Plan requirements now include a description of the inclusion of
children as participants in research involving human subjects; o  Additional
instructions are provided regarding the submission of proprietary information
with the application;
o  Research Career Award instructions and Table of Contents (Form Page LL)
incorporate Just-in-Time requirements.  Other support information for the
sponsor(s) and co-sponsor(s) should now be provided on a modified Format Page 7-
GG;
o  Page limits for the Research Career Award applications are clarified.  The
total number of pages for Item 3 (The Candidate) and a.-d. of Item 6 (Research
Plan) combined may not exceed 25;
o  Organization contacts, phone numbers, e-mail and Web addresses are updated; 
o  The label page is updated and includes the phone number for express mail and
courier service delivery of an application.  The mailing label is now addressed
to the "Center for Scientific Review."

CHANGES TO THE PHS 2590 INCLUDE:

o  More detailed instructions are provided for the Streamlined Noncompeting Award
Process (SNAP);
o  Progress Report Summary requirements are modified to include a description of
the inclusion of children as participants in research involving human subjects.

ERROR IN FIRST PRINTING OF PHS 398 FORM PAGES:

There is a correction to be made to the PHS 398 Biographical Sketch, Form Page
FF.  The last line of instructions should state "DO NOT EXCEED TWO PAGES."  The
pdf version posted on the NIH web site is correct.


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