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CUMC Leads in NIH Online Submissions

As of Feb.5, 2007, the NIH required for the first time that all R01 grant applications be submitted electronically. Columbia was able to successfully submit 46 applications by the February deadline, the largest number of system-to-system applications of any university in the country. Eventually, all federal grant applications will have to be filed this way, using a single technical format and set form.
   For about 18 months prior to the deadline, Columbia’s Office of Research Administration worked with IT and Finance to implement the InfoEd grants managements system. This allows proposals to be created and tracked within the system, creating a permanent data record and direct upload of data into the federal portal. The new database will become a comprehensive repository for all Columbia grants activity. It will also contain research profiles for all faculty and research scientists and will alert them to funding opportunities based on their research interests.
   Most other institutions that submitted R01 grants in February used Web-based software provided by the government. This type of software will, however, be phased out over the next couple of years. InfoEd replaces an outdated, 35-year old mainframe computer system and is the first in a series of IT solutions for research operations at Columbia.