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This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.
To define when NIH may accept a late application.
NIH expects applicants to submit applications on time. In certain circumstances, NIH's Center for Scientific Review (CSR) may accept an application late if a PI has an NIH-accepted reason for tardiness.
NIH-accepted reasons include federal electronic systems issues, natural disasters, and personal tragedies. For natural disasters, NIH issues special NIH Guide notices with instructions for late applications.
Neither CSR nor NIAID may give permission in advance for a late submission. Depending on who conducts the initial peer review, some practices are different—see below.
Investigators eligible for continuous submission may submit investigator-initiated R01, R21, and R34 applications any time. This privilege does not apply to applications submitted for special receipt dates, which includes RFAs and some PARs.
Applicants with questions should contact the scientific review officer listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
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Last Updated November 25, 2013
Last Reviewed November 25, 2013