This is our final reminder about the error correction window. We promise. Tomorrow, January 25, is the first standard application submission date without an error correction window. We know most of you have submitted your applications, viewed the assembled application images, and moved on to the next ten things on your task list. But if you haven’t submitted yet, check out Ten Checks to Help Avoid Common Errors. For those of you applying later in the year, submitting your application early (by a few days, not hours) is the best way to ensure success. Remember, for electronic submissions, NIH does not consider the need to correct errors or address warnings after the due date to be a valid reason for a late submission.
On a related note, NIH has updated the policy on late submission of grant applications to provide additional guidance on how we handle late submissions and the time frames in which late applications will be considered. You will see that the reasons late applications have been accepted in the past are tough but fair. Be aware that prior to submission no NIH staff member, regardless of his or her department, has the authority to guarantee the acceptance of your late application. If you feel your reason for submitting late falls within the acceptable guidelines for late submission, then document your case in a cover letter and submit. But if your explanation is listed in the examples of unacceptable reasons or falls into a similar category, then you will need to rework your application to submit for a different opportunity or deadline.