Details of Application Changes
September 16, 2009
One of the priorities of the NIH Enhancing Peer Review initiative is to Improve the Quality and
Transparency of Review. One of the goals associated with this priority is to shorten the Research
Plan and align it with review criteria. Restructured paper PHS 398 and electronic SF 424 (R&R)
application packages and instructions will be required for all applications submitted for due dates
on or after January 25, 2010 (for FY2011 funding consideration and beyond).
Changes are divided into two categories: shortened page limits, and alignment of the application
with review criteria. In general, changes apply to all research grant, cooperative agreement,
career and fellowship applications, but not to Training (T, D43, D71), R25, and K12
Shortened Page Limits
Shortened page limits were announced in NOT-OD-09-149 and are described in detail at the
Table of Page Limits.
Alignment of the Application with Review Criteria
Many of the changes to the application were made to coordinate with review criteria used by
reviewers in their assessment of scientific and technical merit.
Table 1 shows the Enhanced Review Criteria for research grants and cooperative agreements and