NIH recently updated its policy for what materials will be accepted as post-submission application materials. Beginning with applications submitted for due dates on or after September 25, 2017, citations of newly issued patents can be included in post-submission materials.
The NIH post-submission materials policy allows grant applicants to submit limited information arising from unforeseen events that occur after submission of an application but prior to initial peer review. The updated policy adds citations of issued patents to the list of acceptable post-submission materials. Copies of patent applications or any other materials related to a patent application or issued patent will not be accepted as post-submission materials, unless specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for which the application was submitted or in a special Guide Notice.
Read the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-066 for additional details on citing issued patents in post-submission materials.
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