Threshold Change for Special Council Review

Funding News Edition: March 16, 2022
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NIH recently updated its Special Council Review (SCR) policy to change the dollar threshold for SCR and align with Forms-G Other Support disclosure requirements.

The SCR policy requires NIH institute and center Advisory Councils to provide additional consideration for new and renewal applications from already well-supported principal investigators (PIs).

What does “well-supported” mean? The threshold for SCR is based on all of a PI’s active NIH awards:

NIH shifted the SCR threshold from direct to total costs because the Forms-G Instructions for Other Support ask PIs to provide the total award amount. Note that the threshold for SCR review does not represent a cap on NIH funding.

All other aspects of the original policy remain the same as announced in the 2012 notice. Direct your questions about SCR to

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