How Do I Submit Preliminary Data as Post-Submission Material Under the Special Exception During the COVID-19 Pandemic?


You may submit data as post-submission material under the special exception for the COVID-19 pandemic if:

  1. The timing is after submission of your grant application but before peer review.  Unless stated otherwise in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, the deadline for post-submission materials is 30 days before the review meeting.
  2. The data material is not intended to correct oversights or errors discovered after submission of the application.
  3. The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) used for submission allowed preliminary data in the application. If this applies to you, see NIH Will Continue to Accept Preliminary Data as Post-Submission Material Through August/October 2021 Councils for more details, including deadlines.

For videos, please follow the directions in NOT-OD-18-093 and NOT-OD-20-061.


  • You must demonstrate concurrence of your Authorized Organization Representative.
  • You must send the post-submission materials directly to the Scientific Review Officer who is managing the review of your application.

For step-by-step directions for all other materials, please refer to our previous post, “How Do I Submit Post-Submission Materials for My Application?

Still have questions? Please reach out to NIH for assistance.

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