NIH Late Application Policy, Administrative Flexibilities, and FAQs Related to COVID-19

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently updated its Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients website with additional FAQs and new funding opportunities. In response to community concerns about the ability to submit applications in a timely manner, the NIH has published Notice Number: NOT-OD-20-091 announcing that grant applications submitted late for due dates between March 9, 2020, and May 1, 2020, will be accepted through May 1, 2020. This notice applies to all relevant funding opportunity announcements, including those that indicate no late applications will be accepted.

A cover letter providing a justification is not required. NIH will be extending the expiration date of most FOAs expiring between now and May 1. Be sure to read Notice Number: NOT-OD-20-091 carefully for details.

NIH has issued additional policies related to the effects of COVID-19. See the Guide Notices below for more information:

NIH Late Application Policy Due to Public Health Emergency for COVID-19

Flexibilities Available to Applicants and Recipients Affected by COVID-19

General Frequently Asked Questions – Proposal Submission and Award Management Related to COVID-19