NIH Late Application Policy, Administrative Flexibilities, and FAQs Related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


When delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed or unable to submit grant applications due to the effects of COVID-19, the NIH will consider accepting applications late, on a case-by-case basis and has other flexibilities available.

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  1. Are upcoming grant deadlines, such as the SBIR/STTR deadline on April 6, expected to be postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic?

  2. How will COVID-19 affect the program review process of grant applications that have received a score?

  3. Hello,

    Our company works in close collaboration with the university and the university is closed for 2 weeks because of the covid 19 pandemic. We will not be able to perform certain necessary experiments which will go in the grant. Will the SBIR phase I application will be extended for April 6th deadline?

    1. The NIH Policy for Late Application Submission states a late application may be considered for any funding opportunity announcement within a two-week window of the application due date, if the principal investigator has an NIH-accepted reason for submitting late. Valid reasons for a late application submission include delays due to weather, natural disasters, or other organization closures caused by an emergency situation; the sudden acute illness of a PI or immediate family member; or other unforeseen circumstances.
      If challenges precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic prevent a timely application, applications may be submitted no more than two weeks late, with the delay explained in a Cover Letter. NIH may consider accepting late applications on a case-by-case basis.
      At this time, the NIH Policy for Late Application Submission does not identify maternity/paternity leave as a consideration for reviewing a late application.

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