NIH to Shift to Adobe-based Form Set for - 10/14/08

National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been working toward transitioning electronic grant applications from PureEdge to Adobe, which is accessed through Adobe Reader.

There are only two versions of Adobe Reader that currently recommends for use with the new application forms Version 8.1.2 and Version 9.0. Both are available for free download at for both Mac and PC platforms.
Although the software program has changed, the electronic submission process has remained the same. The new Adobe forms will have the same look as PureEdge forms.

New Funding Opportunity Announcements released after Sept. 1, 2008, will not have an application form package for downloading until December 2008. At that time, applicants will need to go back to their chosen FOA to download the Adobe-based application packages.

Existing FOAs released prior to Sept. 1, 2008, will have PureEdge application forms that will remain active and available until they are replaced by Adobe forms in the December timeframe. FOAs for NIH can be found online as part of the NIH/grants Web site. will not accept PureEdge applications after the transition. The only exception may be some nonstandard deadlines that are still using PureEdge. For applications submitted after Jan. 1, 2009, please read the instructions for submission and be certain the correct package has been downloaded.

Earlier versions of Adobe Reader will not be accepted by the system. The transition schedule is available online.

Individual assistance with the package is still available from Pre-Award Services. Please contact a Pre-Award manager by phone at 494-6204 or by email