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Important Notices & Updates - IRES Proposal Development (PD)

Per notice NOT-OD-13-074, the NIH is transitioning to FORMS-C packages for all due dates on or after September 25, 2013. IRES Proposal Development (PD) has been updated to support FORMS-C.  The appropriate PD Quick Guides will be updated to reflect any changes due to the implementation of the FORMS-C package.  Attached to this communication is a file that highlights the major changes to PD due to the FORMS-C implementation (Attachment 1); a Quick Guide designed to give detailed instructions on how to change a PD record started with FORMS-B2 to the new FORMS-C (Attachment 2); and an attachment outlining three minor software issues that were discovered during testing and solutions (temporary workarounds) for each of them (Attachment 3).


  • Applications with due dates before 9/25/13: Where available, FORMS-B2 should be used for due dates up to and including September 24, 2013. 
  • Applications due on or after 9/25/13 that were begun using FORMS-B2: Applications that were started using FORMS-B2 can be updated to FORMS-C.  The information and attachments previously entered should not be lost with the exception of those tabs that have been changed in FORMS-C.  For a review of how to update an application from FORMS-B2 to FORMS-C, please see Attachment 2.
  • Starting a new application due on or after 9/25/13: With the exception of K, T, D, F and SBIR/STTR applications, the use of FORMS-C will be required for all due dates on or after September 25, 2013.  When starting a new PD record, please be sure to choose the FORMS-C package during the setup process and complete the record as usual.  For a review of the changes made in the FORMS-C package, please see Attachment 1 outlining FORMS-C Major Changes.

If you have any questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact your GCA Proposal Reviewer.

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Last update: March 28, 2014 (MS)