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Continuous submission is an NIH policy that allows submission of investigator-initiated R01, R21, and R34 applications any time (i.e., not at a receipt date) from peer reviewers with recent substantial service and members of the following groups:
No. We follow NIH’s policy.
For instructions, read Investigators Eligible for Continuous Submission in our Late Applications SOP.
No. As long as the PI is eligible for continuous submission, he or she can submit the R01 application any time.
However, there are deadlines if you want the application to go to as specific Council date. See How do I know which Council my continuous submission application will go to? below.
NIH’s Center for Scientific Review reviews all continuous submission applications except NIAID Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34) applications, which are reviewed at NIAID.
See Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trial R34 Planning Grants questions and answers for more on those grants.
Yes, under rules for recent substantial service. See the next question, How do I know if I have recent substantial service?
You have recent substantial service if you've served as a regular, temporary, or ad hoc peer reviewer at least six times during the eighteen-month period that ends on June 30 of each year.
Your name should be on NIH's list of eligible reviewers, which you'll find on NIH's Continuous Submission page.
Also see the question below, For those who have recent substantial review service, what are the service and corresponding submission windows?
Yes. The differences lie in who is eligible and the timeframe in which R01, R21, or R34 applications must be submitted.
If you served six times between January 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, you're eligible for continuous submission from August 16, 2014, until September 30, 2015.
If you served six times between January 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, you're eligible for continuous submission from August 16, 2015, until September 30, 2016.
No. You can request assignment only if you apply for a standard due date under normal rules.
NIH assigns applications to advisory Councils as follows:
Go to NIH’s Continuous Submission Web site for more information, including Frequently Asked Questions.
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Last Updated December 23, 2014
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