Principal investigators may initiate a request to withdraw their proposal but confirmation must come from a signing official at the institution. This may be done in two ways:

  • In eRA Commons, via the Prior Approval tab, the principal investigator can initiate a request to withdraw. Next, the signing official should submit the withdrawal request. Once it is submitted, an email is sent to the signing official and the principal investigator.
  • Send a letter signed by an official of the sponsoring institution requesting withdrawal. The letter should be sent by e-mail attachment to the Division of Receipt and Referral (

Once the withdrawal is approved, the Division of Receipt and Referral will notify the principal investigator by email that the application was withdrawn.