Simplifying the NIH Late Policy for Application Submission

NIH expects applications to be submitted on-time. On those rare occasions when on-time submission isn’t possible (e.g., sudden severe illness of the PD/PI or the PD/PI’s immediate family member), NIH has a late policy that was just simplified to be more consistent across program announcements and requests for applications.

Though permission is not provided in advance, NIH will consider accepting applications within the two-week window following the application due date if an acceptable reason is provided in a cover letter submitted with the late application. See NOT-OD-15-039 for exceptions, steps that must be taken for an application to be considered under the late policy, and examples of reasons why late application will or will not be accepted.

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