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You will need to correct your application when your previous application has failed either Grants.gov or eRA Commons validation.
A corrected application differs from a resubmission, an amended application that a PI who did not succeed in getting funded has revised based on feedback from the initial peer review. Read more on our Resubmission of Unfunded Applications questions and answers.
If your application does not successfully get through either Grants.gov or eRA Commons validation, your authorized organizational representative (AOR) must submit a corrected application through Grants.gov.
Your application must get a Grants.gov timestamp before the submission deadline. Read more at First Step: Grants.gov Validation and Next Step: eRA Commons Validation in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
If the due date has not passed, your corrections won't require a cover letter.
If the due date has passed, your application is late. Describe the problems you fixed in the Optional Documents section of the PHS 398 Cover Letter File form. Include all relevant information from your previous cover letter since NIH doesn't keep the old version.
If your application is late, read the questions below starting with What is a late application?
Read If I am not satisfied with the application, what should I do? and How much time do I have to make changes? in the Submitting and Validating Your Electronic Application questions and answers.
Possibly. Read If You Need to Send Revised Information in the Strategy for NIH Funding. For applications reviewed at NIAID, see May I send supplementary, missing, or corrected materials after a receipt date? in the Peer Review at NIAID questions and answers.
An application that does get a Grants.gov timestamp by 5:00 p.m. your institution's local time on the submission date listed in the funding opportunity announcement, as explained in the SF 424 Application Guide.
You may submit a late application whenever you have an NIH-accepted reason, such as:
You’ll need to include your reason in your cover letter, and NIH does not have to accept your application.
Read more in Rules for Late Applications in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Explain the reasons for your delay in your cover letter and include it with your completed grant application package. Use the PHS 398 Cover Letter File form. See the Late Applications SOP.
No. Contacting NIH's Center for Scientific Review will not influence whether NIH accepts your application.
Find answers in the General Application Information questions and answers.
Go to Applying for a Grant, Writing a Great Grant Application, and other Application questions and answers.
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Last Updated April 12, 2013
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