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Continuous Submission

Questions and Answers

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What is continuous submission?

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:

  • NIH chartered study sections.
  • Advisory councils.
  • Boards of Scientific Counselors.
  • Program advisory committees.
  • NIH's Peer Review Advisory Committee.

Does NIAID have its own continuous submission policy?

No. We follow NIH’s policy.

How do I submit an application under continuous submission rules?

For instructions, read Investigators Eligible for Continuous Submission in our Late Applications SOP.

Can I submit an RFA application under continuous submission rules?

No.

If a PI is applying for an investigator-initiated R01 and is eligible for continuous submission is there an application deadline?

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.

Who reviews continuous submission applications?

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.

Does service on an NIAID special emphasis panel make me eligible for continuous submission?

Yes, under rules for recent substantial service. See the next question, How do I know if I have recent substantial service?

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?

Are continuous submission rules different for those who have recent substantial service?

Yes. The differences lie in who is eligible and the timeframe in which R01, R21, or R34 applications must be submitted.

Rules Who is Eligible Timeframe for Application
Normal continuous submission rules. Standing members of NIH chartered study sections and NIH advisory groups. Any time, up to one and a half months after date of retirement from regular service.
Rules for those with recent substantial service. Non-standing study section members. Depends on time period of service. See the next question, For those who have recent substantial review service, what are the service and corresponding submission windows?

For those who have recent substantial review service, what are the service and corresponding submission windows?

If you served six times between January 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, you're eligible for continuous submission from August 16, 2013, until September 30, 2014.

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.

Under continuous submission rules, can I request assignment of my application to a study section?

No. You can request assignment only if you apply for a standard submission date under normal rules.

How do I know which Council my continuous submission application will go to?

NIH assigns applications to advisory Councils as follows:

Council Round Date non-AIDS applications are received Date AIDS applications are received
May August 17–December 16 October 8–February 7
October December 17–April 16 February 8–June 7
January April 17–August 16 June 8–October 7

Where can I find more information about continuous submission?

Go to NIH’s Continuous Submission Web site for more information, including Frequently Asked Questions.

What if my question wasn't answered here, or I'd like to suggest a question?

If you still need help, email deaweb@niaid.nih.gov with the title of this page or its URL and your question or comment. We answer questions by email and post them here. Thanks for helping us clarify and expand our knowledge base.

Last Updated October 22, 2013

Last Reviewed October 22, 2013