NIH Policy on Late Submission of Grant Applications – Clarification for Multiple PI Applications and New Submission/Receipt Dates

Notice Number: NOT-OD-07-026

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

Key Dates
Release Date: December 7, 2006

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National Institutes of Health (NIH), (

This notice provides information on the implementation of the NIH Policy on Late Applications (Notice OD-06-086) for applications involving multiple Principal Investigators (PIs) and includes the receipt dates that will be effective in February 2007.

NIH has recently announced the plans for extending the multiple PI option to most research grant applications as the grant mechanisms transition to electronic submission (Notice OD-07-017).  One of the explanations for late submission that may lead to acceptance of an application is service by the Principal Investigator on an NIH extramural review group during the time frame that would reasonably be expected to be used to prepare the application.  For multiple PI applications, this will apply when any one (or more) of the Project Directors/Principal Investigators (PD/PIs) is involved with service on an NIH extramural peer review group. Note that this applies only to NIH extramural review activities, not to those of other Federal agencies or private organizations.  It also does not apply to other participants in the application who do not have the PD/PI role. 

NIH has changed the standing receipt dates for a number of application types (  These are now included in the listing below.  NIH will consider accepting late applications based on the acceptability of the explanation and the processing time required for two different kinds of submission/receipt dates.  Please note that explanations are not additive – an application from a study section member who has had a medical problem is still expected to be received within the appropriate window.  

Note that the late window always ends in a receipt (not submission) date for both paper and electronic applications.    

NIH will not consider accepting late applications for the Special Receipt Dates for RFAs and PARs. This includes the special receipt dates (March 20, July 20, and November 20) for resubmission (formerly “amended”)  applications that are part of the New Investigator Pilot (

All other provisions of Notice OD-06-086 remain in effect.

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