With “rolling” submission dates, we define the first and last days applications will be accepted and you pick the day between them to submit your application. This practice is not new, but it is more common with “emergency” or “urgent” funding opportunities meant to get funding to the community as quickly as possible to address a critical need (e.g., COVID-19 Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19).
Don’t forget that when an application due date falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the due date shifts to the next business day, according to our submission policies. Therefore, the standard July 5, 2020 R01/U01 due date moves to Monday, July 6, 2020.
An application due date is not the same as a funding
opportunity expiration date. If you submit on the expiration date – you’re
late, the opportunity has expired. The Key Dates section of each funding opportunity either
lists specific due dates or points to our table of standard
due dates. When standard due dates are used, applicants can submit
applications to any of the appropriate due dates up until the funding
opportunity announcement (FOA) expires.
With the winter season upon us, remember that when a due date falls on a weekend, Federal holiday, or when Washington, D.C.-area Federal offices close (due to severe weather, for example), the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.
Before you hit submit, check out the Submission Policies page for answers to questions you may have.
NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019, for the federal holiday (Washington’s Birthday). Our policy states that if a grant application due date falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.
When it comes to submitting grant applications, the stakes are high – should a submission with errors come in too late, it may be too late to fix. Months of work are lost. Since grant applications are anxiety producing, it is only natural that people would avoid finishing them. But hard facts about how applications fare in peer review when they are submitted closer to the receipt date may give applicants the cognitive tools they need to overcome their inclination to delay. So let’s look at some data…