[Office-of-research] Important notice from NIH

Jane Schultz jane.schultz at ucr.edu
Mon Oct 13 10:27:42 PDT 2008

Please note the following two NIH notices:


1.  Submission of Amended Applications:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-003.html  NIH is
changing its policy on submitting amended applications.   Beginning with
applications intended for the January 25, 2009 due date, all original new
applications (i.e., never submitted) and competing renewal applications will
be permitted only a single amendment (A1).  For this and subsequent cohorts
of original new and competing renewal applications, any second amendment
(A2) will be administratively withdrawn and not accepted for review.
Applicants who fail to receive funding after two submissions may resubmit
but only if the application is fundamentally revised to qualify as new.  A
new application is expected to be substantially different in content and
scope with more significant differences than are normally encountered in an
amended application.  Note that there is no time limit for the submission of
the original and subsequent A1. 

Original new and competing renewal applications that were submitted prior to
January 25, 2009 will be permitted two amendments (A1 and A2).  For these
"grandfathered" applications, NIH expects that any A2 will be submitted no
later than January 7, 2011, and NIH will not accept A2 applications after
that date.  


This policy applies to all applications, including applications submitted
under the NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business
Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, Career Development Awards, Individual
Fellowships, Institutional Training Grants, Resource Grants, Program
Projects, and Centers.  Currently no amendments are permitted for
applications received in response to a Request for Applications (RFA) unless
it is specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, in which case only
one amendment will be permitted. 



2.  Non-Competing Research Grant Awards Funded at Reduced Levels.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-002.html  HHS is
continuing to operate under a continuing resolution that currently extends
through March 6, 2009, which applies the terms of the FY 2008 appropriations
for that period.  Until  a final FY 2009 appropriations bill is enacted, NIH
will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level BELOW that
indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally 90% of the
previously committed level).  NIH will consider upward adjustments to these
levels after the final appropriation is enacted, but expects institutions to
monitor their expenditures carefully during this period.  



Jane Schultz, Ph.D.  

Director of Research Development

Office of Research , University of California-Riverside

200 University Office Building

Riverside, CA 92521

tel. 951-827-7986  fax. 951-827-4483


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