April 14, 2020

NIH Extends Grant Application Deadlines Due to Coronavirus

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that grant applications submitted after due dates between March 9, 2020 and May 1, 2020 will be accepted until May 1, 2020.

The notice applies to all relevant funding opportunity announcements, including those that stated no late applications would be accepted. Applicants do not have to request permissions in advance to submit late nor a cover letter providing a justification.

Funding Opportunity Announcements that expire before May 1, 2020 will be extended for 90 days to include submission of late applications.

Important: This notice pertains to applications reviewed by the Center for Scientific Review and does not supersede the Institute/Center (IC) discretion nor authorities to make these decisions on case-by-case basis as noted in the third bullet below.

  • Reference Letters for Fellowships and Career Development Award applications submitted during this interval will also be accepted through May 1, 2020.
  • Non-AIDS applications eligible for continuous submission will also be accepted through May 1, 2020.
  • Some IC-reviewed FOAs with due dates during this time may be able to accept applications beyond the May 1, 2020 deadline. However, applicants must contact the IC first, to confirm that a later deadline is possible.

Note: NIH cannot guarantee late applications will be reviewed in the council round to which they were submitted (e.g., August or October 2020). Therefore, late applications submitted after May 1 may not be reviewed until meetings for the January 2021 council round (e.g., October–November 2020).

Update: The NIH has released a presentation and an FAQ providing additional information for applicants and recipients of NIH funding related to COVID-19.