The following Proposal Narratives map to the PHS 398 Research Plan 3.0.

  • PHS_ResPlan_Introduction ToApplication
  • PHS_ResearchPlan_Specific Aims
  • PHS_ResearchPlan_ResearchStrategy
  • PHS_ResearchPlan_ProgressReportPubList
  • PHS_ResearchPlan_ProtectionOfHumanSubjects
  • PHS_ResearchPlan_InclusionOfWomenAndMinorities
  • PHS_ResearchPlan_InclusionofChildren
  • PHS_ResearchPlan_VertebrateAnimals
  • PHS_ResearchPlanSelectAgentResearch
  • PHS_ResearchPlan_MultiplePILeadershipPlan
  • PHS_ResearchPlan_ConsortiumContract
  • PHS_ResearchPlan_LettersOfSupport
  • PHS_ResearchPlan_ResourceSharingPlan
  • PHS_ResPlan_Auth-Key-Bio-Chem-Resources
  • PHS_ResearchPlan_Appendix* (*Allows multiple uploads, 10 max)

Refer to the sponsor’s opportunity instructions to determine which narratives are appropriate for your submission. 

  • At the present time PHS/NIH requires all attachments in PDF format.
  • Not all types are appropriate with every submission. Only the Research Strategy is mandatory for every submission.
  • Some types are conditionally required based on other aspects of your submission (e.g. Animal use requires Vertebrate Animals narrative). Failing to include conditionally required narratives may cause your submission to error at the sponsor.
  • Some types may not be appropriate for a particular opportunity, and if included, could cause errors at the sponsor.

These form-specific Proposal Attachment Types will appear in the Add Attachments > Attachment Type drop-down selection list after a valid S2S Opportunity is linked to the proposal that includes this form version (3.0).

You may preview the form with the PDF attachments in either of the following paths:

Toolbar > Print > Click the check box in the Select column for the form(s) you want to preview, and the click “Create PDF”. The form will generate in a separate browser window.


Navigate to the S2S Opportunity screen, click on the Forms tab, and then click the check box in the Select column for the form(s) you want to preview, and the click “Create PDF”. 

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