RELEASE DATE:  January 27, 2004

NOTICE:  NOT-OD-04-020

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Winter storms sometimes lead to closures of institutions. The NIH realizes that 
this may cause problems for investigators who are submitting grant applications. 
If grant applications must be submitted late due to weather-related problems, 
those applications should be sent as soon as possible and should be accompanied 
by a cover letter noting the reasons for the delay.  It is not necessary to get 
permission in advance for weather-related delays in grant application 
submission; please do not call the Division of Receipt and Referral to request 
such permission.  It is expected that the delay will generally not exceed the 
time period that an institution is closed.

It should be noted that unsolicited applications are considered to be on time 
if they are mailed on or before the published receipt date and a proof of 
mailing can be provided.  Unsolicited applications for the February 1, 2004 
receipt date will be considered to be on time if they are mailed on Monday, 
February 2, 2004.  Applications in response to an RFA or PA/PAR with a special 
receipt date must be received by the specified receipt date in order to be 
considered on time.

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