Due Date Accommodations for Investigators Responding to the West Africa Ebola Outbreak


The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest Ebola outbreak in history. NIH appreciates the humanitarian assistance being provided by NIH-supported program directors and principal investigators who travel to West Africa to participate in emergency response activities. As described in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-010, we have made accommodations to provide additional time for application submission and grant-related reporting for these investigators.

It is not necessary to get permission in advance for delays in grant application submissions due to time spent in West Africa due to responding to the Ebola outbreak. Applicants can submit to any open funding opportunity announcement with standard due dates upon their return, provided they: 1) served in West Africa as part of the response to the Ebola outbreak at the time of the application due date, 2) serve as PD/PI (or Multiple PD/PI) on the late application, and 3) include a cover letter with their application that documents specifically that the delay was caused by the PD/PI being engaged in Ebola-related response activities in West Africa at the time the application was due.

NIH will consider these late applications based on the amount of delay caused by the emergency response and the processing time required to prepare each submitted application for peer review.

Additionally, extensions of time for financial reporting and other types of post-award reporting may also apply.

Please review the guide notice for more details on the application submission and grant-related reporting accommodations.

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