Since late 2010, NIH has restricted post-submission grant application materials to those resulting from unforeseen administrative issues. (Post-submission materials are those submitted after grant application submission, but prior to initial review.) This option could be used when an unexpected administrative event occurred — such as a change in senior/key personnel because of the unanticipated loss of an investigator, adjustments in response to a natural disaster, etc. — not to correct oversights or errors discovered after submission of the application.
NIH has recently updated its policy on post-submission application materials to allow:
- News of promotions or positive tenure decisions
- Exceptions for applications submitted in response to requests for applications (RFAs) with single due dates or to the last due date of an RFA with multiple submission deadlines
- Additional personnel information for institutional training and training-related grants
Details on the policy update can be found in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-030.