[Office-of-research] NIH eRA eSubmission Items of Interest - January 21, 2011

Charles Greer charles.greer at ucr.edu
Fri Jan 21 09:27:48 PST 2011

*My Dog Ate My Email & Other Excuses*

Last summer I adopted a basset/beagle mutt named Dixie. Dixie has a
precious face, an iron stomach and amazing reach when standing on her
hind legs. On Monday, Dixie ate my blackberry. My first thought was
"Jenkies!" (The verbal translation sounded quite different.) My second
thought was "Good doggie, now I have an excuse for not responding to my
emails." In the end, the blackberry survived, the leather cover didn't,
and I still have to do my job.

Over the years, we've received a full spectrum of reasons for submitting
late applications - some very legitimate (e.g., death of PI's immediate
family member) and some not (e.g., our only Authorized Organization
Representative called in sick on deadline day).

The NIH Policy on Late Submission of Grant Applications
<http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-11-035.html> has
been updated to provide additional guidance on how NIH handles late
submissions and the timeframes in which late applications will be
considered. Here are a couple of excerpts I'd like to bring to your

. /"Permission for a late submission is not granted in advance.No NIH
staff member, whether in the Center for Scientific Review or any of the
other Institutes/Centers, has the authority to give permission in
advance for a late application. Contacting the Division of Receipt and
Referral or any other component of the NIH will not lead to either
permission to submit late or to the evaluation or approval of the
reasons for a delay."/

The day after a major submission deadline the eRA Help Desk often gets
the question "Who can I talk to for permission to submit late?" The
truth is - no one. Help desk and other NIH staff simply don't have the
authority to "guarantee" an application will be accepted if submitted late.

What /can/ you do? Carefully read the late policy. If you feel your
reason for submitting late falls within the acceptable guidelines for
late submission, then document your case in the cover letter and submit.
The timing and reason for your late submission will be evaluated and a
decision made. If, on the other hand, your explanation is listed in the
examples of reasons that are not acceptable or falls into a similar
category, then you will need to rework your application to submit for a
different opportunity or deadline.

. /"For electronic submissions, correction of errors or addressing
warnings after the due date is not considered a valid reason for a late
submission. Applicants are encouraged to submit in advance of the due
date to allow time to correct errors and/or address warnings identified
in the NIH validation process."/

The late policy cannot be used as a way to get around the fact that the
"error correction window" is gone (NOT-OD-10-123
Submit early (think days, not hours or minutes) and take care of business.

. */"/*/Applicants must follow the directions provided at
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/support.htm#guidelines to
report Grants.gov and eRA Commons system issues that threaten the timely
submission of a grant application."/

The process includes identifying and documenting the issue by the
deadline or within the two-day "application viewing window" following
submission. If the eRA Help Desk verifies that a system "bug" or service
interruption has occurred, then the help desk will provide instructions
to complete the submission. We expect that applicants immediately (in
most cases within the same business day) make the correction and
complete the submission process. Failure to quickly follow through after
guidance is given may result in your application being denied further

For the record, "my dog ate my email" is not a valid reason for late
submission. I looked it up. The application guide

clearly states (on page 28) that since email can be unreliable,
applicants are strongly encouraged to periodically check on their
application status in the Commons. In fact, our automated email
notifications are often victims of spam-filtering. That pesky
application guide really does negate a whole bunch of excuses.

You have ultimate responsibility for your submission. If you miss a
deadline and the information you needed is available to you in the
application guide or announcement, even if you tried to call for help
and didn't get a call back in time, then you really don't have a
legitimate reason for being late.

*Established E-Biz POCs - Have You Logged Into Grants.gov Lately?*

In Grants.gov, the e-Business Point Of Contact (E-Biz POC) is the
individual responsible for authorizing the individuals in your
organization that are allowed to sign and submit grant applications
(i.e., Authorized Organization Representatives or AORs). If you are the
E-Biz POC for your organization and have not logged into Grants.gov
since they released their new security changes in October, then you will
want to take a few minutes to do so. You will need to establish a new
Grants.gov password to maintain your ability to administer roles for
your organization.

The first time you login you will need to use your DUNS number and the
Marketing Partner ID Number (MPIN) established with the Central
Contractor Registry (CCR). Grants.gov will prompt you to establish a new
password for use with Grants.gov once the DUNS and MPIN credentials are
accepted. From that point forward, if you forget your password then
Grants.gov's "I Forgot My Password/Unlock My Account" feature. (See
Important E-Biz POC Login and Password Reset Update
<http://www.grants.gov/securitycommebiz/> for more info.)

Here's the tricky part.if you don't know the MPIN for that initial
login, then you need to get it from CCR and not Grants.gov (locating
MPIN in CCR <https://www.fsd.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/187>).
Grants.gov cannot reset or provide the MPIN for you.

New organization registrations should follow the updated registration
<http://www.grants.gov/applicants/organization_registration.jsp> on the
Grants.gov Web site.

So, what does all this have to do with NIH? We expect that our
applicants know their Grants.gov and eRA Commons credentials. Logging in
prior to your deadline to verify appropriate account access is a task
within your control. Do you see where I'm going with this? Account
password problems are not system issues nor are they acceptable reasons
to submit under the late policy. Be prepared to succeed.

*Thought for the Day*

/The sooner you fall behind the more time you'll have to catch up./

Take care,


Sheri Cummins & Scarlett Gibb

Customer Relationship Managers

eRA External Services - eSubmission & Commons

NIH Office of Extramural Research

askera at mail.nih.gov <mailto:askera at mail.nih.gov>

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