Responding to Frequent Questions on Flexibilities Related to NIH Funding and COVID-19


The public health emergency due to COVID-19 is causing difficulties in many aspects of our lives. My colleagues and I here at NIH are well aware of the challenges being felt in the research community as institutions are closing, people are being asked to practice social distancing, and resources and attention are justifiably focused on public health needs. We are listening to your concerns and are working quickly to develop answers to your many questions.

We recently updated our Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients website with a slew of additional FAQs, new funding opportunities, as well as the video message from me, below, where I address some of the most common questions. 

Since yesterday’s recording of this video, in response to community concerns about their ability to submit applications in a timely manner, we have published a notice announcing that grant applications submitted late for due dates between March 9, 2020, and May 1, 2020, will be accepted through May 1, 2020. This notice applies to all relevant funding opportunity announcements, including those that indicate no late applications will be accepted. A cover letter providing a justification is not required. NIH will be extending the expiration date of most FOAs expiring between now and May 1. Be sure to read the notice carefully for details.

Things are moving quickly. Please continue to communicate with us. We are listening.

I encourage you to monitor our website frequently. To help you identify updated content, the page now includes a link to page update history so you can easily see what’s new.

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  1. Hi Mike, as a recipient of a multi-year funded award that is ending this year, I’m hearing from my grant managers that the automatic no-cost-extension policies being implemented because of COVID-19 cannot be applied to these awards. I realize that this mechanism is different than a standard R01, but the lack of flexibility is particularly difficult during these uncertain times. Is there no possibility of extending these awards? Even a few months of extra time would make a significant difference to those of us with these non-standard grant mechanisms. Thanks in advance for your time.

  2. Any chance you will extend the deadline for the May 7th deadline since many of the researchers involved in the COVID response are the same ones who would be submitting for the HIV cycle.

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