Modified Application Submission, Referral and Review for Appointed NIH Study Section Members

Notice Number: NOT-OD-08-026 (See Companion Notice NOT-OD-08-027)

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

Key Dates
Release Date: January 04, 2008

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH) (
Center for Scientific Review (CSR), (


The National Institutes of Health is implementing an alternate plan for submission and review of research grant applications from appointed members of chartered NIH study sections in order to recognize their outstanding service and to minimize disincentives to study section service. The timing of Study Section meetings and most standard due dates for grant applications overlap ( Thus, reviewers are under pressure to review applications and prepare their own applications simultaneously.

Beginning February 5, 2008 the alternate submission and review procedures, described below, will be available for appointed members of NIH Study Sections. This alternate process is limited to 1) appointed members of chartered standing Study Sections and 2) applications that would normally be received on standard submission dates (but not special receipt dates). Depending on the timing of the submission and the number of other similar applications received during the pre-meeting time window, NIH staff will decide if the application will be reviewed in a different standing Study Section or in a Special Emphasis Panel (SEP).  These applications will be processed and assigned to NIH Institute Review Offices or CSR Integrated Review Groups (IRGs) using the standard referral guidelines (

This continuous submission process will enable appointed members of chartered NIH Study Sections to submit their applications as soon as they are fully developed. The applications will be reviewed no later than 120 days after receipt. 

NIH plans to analyze this opportunity on an ongoing basis in order to assess feasibility and satisfaction. 


Processing and Review Schedule
All applications submitted in response to this opportunity will be reviewed no later than 120 days after receipt.  Because of the need to assign an Advisory Council date, the following schedule will be followed.  However, applications may be moved to earlier councils following review as timing permits. 

Schedule for Assignment to Advisory Council Rounds

Council Round

Non-AIDS applications

AIDS applications


August 17 - December 16

October 8 - February 7


December 17 - April 16

February 8 - June 7


April 17 -  August 16

June 8 - October 7


A series of Frequently Asked Questions has been prepared (see

Inquiries may also be addressed to

Division of Receipt and Referral
Center for Scientific Review
6701 Rockledge Drive MSC 7720
Bethesda, MD  20892-7720
Voice:  (301) 435-0715
Fax:  (301) 480-1987

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