Can ESI Status Be Extended Due to Disruptions From COVID-19?


Yes. Be sure to describe the nature of the disruption to your research in your ESI extension request. We suggest you submit the request once you know how much research time was lost, unless your upcoming application deadline is imminent and an ESI extension is urgently needed. In this case you would be able to submit another extension once you know the full extent of the time lost.  ESI extension submission instructions may be found here

Here are a few other things that can impact ESI status:

Table that explains how the following events could impact ESI status:
I will lose ESI status if it has been more than 10 years since my terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training and I have not experienced situations that qualify for an ESI extension request. 

I MIGHT lose ESI status if •	I am the PD/PI (or multi-PD/PI) on an NIH award.
•	Yes, if you successfully competed as a PD/PI for a substantial independent research award.
•	No, if you are the PD/PI of an award  on our list of smaller grants & awards that maintain ESI status.
•	I am the PD/PI (or multi-PD/PI) on a multi-project award.
•	Yes, if you successfully competed as a PD/PI for the overall multi-project application.
•	No, if you led a component but were not the PD/PI of
the overall application.

I will NOT lose ESI status if •	I’m a Co-Investigator on the grant. (NIH only recognizes
senior/key with the role PD/PI as principal investigators.)
•	I’m the PD/PI on a subaward or subcontract.
•	I became the PD/PI due to a change of investigator action. (If you did not compete successfully as the PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award you won’t lose status.)

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