The June 12, 2011 deadline for individual career development awards is quickly approaching. You may want to remind your referees that new NIH policy eliminates the five business day grace period for the receipt of reference letters after the application receipt due date. The new policy requires referees to submit all reference letters by the application due date. Applications without all of the required references in the appropriate format will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
Referees are welcome to submit their letters in eRA Commons prior to the submission of the grant application itself, so encourage referees to submit early. Early letters will be held by NIH and linked to the appropriate application in eRA Commons once it has been received.
For more information, please see our eSubmission Letters of Reference FAQs. In addition, Commons users can find new reference letter help files on the Submit Reference Letter and List of Reference Letters screens in eRA Commons. Users can access these help files by clicking the question mark (?) icon next to the screen name.