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.

See the Guide Notices below for information on:


  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?

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