Expanding Continuous Application Submission for Peer Reviewers

The National Institutes of Health is grateful for the outstanding services provided by NIH peer reviewers and wishes to minimize disincentives that such service may incur on reviewers’ research pursuits. Therefore, appointed members of chartered standing NIH study sections, NIH Boards of Scientific Counselors, NIH Advisory Boards or Councils, and the NIH Peer Review Advisory Committee may now submit R01, R21, and R34 applications according to alternate or “continuous” submission and review procedures.

The continuous submission procedures enable the appointed members of the above listed groups to submit their applications as soon as they are fully developed rather than on standard submission dates. These applications will be reviewed no later than 120 days after receipt.

Appointed members are those who are approved for service on the Advisory Group by the Director of NIH or by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, typically for a four or six year term. Multiple-PI applications are eligible if one or more of the Program Directors/ Principal Investigators is an appointed member of an NIH chartered Advisory Group listed above. Continuous submission is not available for applications submitted for special dates (RFAs, some PARs) or other activity codes.

For further details and eligibility criteria, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-09-114.

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