Reminder: NIH Policy on Application Compliance

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has posted a notice to remind applicants that noncompliance can have serious consequences. Some examples of how this policy is applied to NIH applications include but are not limited to the following:

  • Applications containing one or more biosketches that do not conform to the required format may be withdrawn (NOT-OD-15-032).
  • Applications that do not conform to the page limit requirements because inappropriate materials have been included in other parts of the application may be withdrawn (NOT-OD-11-080).
  • Applications submitted as new but containing elements of a resubmission or renewal application are noncompliant with the resubmission policy and may be withdrawn (NOT-OD-15-059).
  • Applications submitted after 5 pm local (applicant organization) time on the application due date may be withdrawn (NOT-OD-15-039).

It is important to remember that these are just examples, and that all requirements specified in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, the Funding Opportunity Announcement, and relevant NIH Guide Notices are to be followed.

If an application is withdrawn because it does not conform to the application preparation and submission instructions, a letter will be placed in the eRA Commons Status page for that application. The PD/PI and the authorized organization representative from the applicant organization will be notified by eRA Commons to access their account and view the explanatory letter.

When in doubt about compliance policy, contact NIH Grants Info or the Division of Receipt and Referral as listed in the full reminder notice NOT-OD-15-095.