Reminder: NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH/FDA Return to a Two-day “Error Correction Window” for Grant Applications Effective May 8, 2010

Notice Number: NOT-OD-10-088

Updates: The following updates relating to this announcement have been issued:

Key Dates
Release Date:  May 3, 2010

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH),
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ),
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, (NIOSH),
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),

This notice supersedes NOT-OD-10-042.

Effective May 8, 2010, NIH, AHRQ, NIOSH, and FDA will return to a two (2) business day “error correction window” (i.e., the time allowed after the submission deadline for an applicant to address NIH system-identified errors/warnings) for electronic and competing paper-based PHS 398 grant applications. Errors on electronically submitted applications must be corrected within the two business days following the submission deadline; paper applications must be corrected and postmarked/e-mail date stamped within two business days of the date that NIH staff contacts the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) and Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) via e-mail to alert them to an issue with the use of correct forms and instructions (whether or not receipt of the e-mail is acknowledged). 

The temporary extension from two to five days, announced in NOT-OD-10-042 and clarified for competing paper-based PHS 398 applications in NOT-OD-10-050, was implemented in order to accommodate the transition to new application forms and instructions as part of the Enhancing Peer Review initiative. The temporary extension provided additional time to correct errors for applicants who submitted using incorrect forms or who exceeded the new page limits in applications intended for submission deadlines on or between January 25 and May 7, 2010—the first cycle in which the new forms and page limits were mandated.

As always, in order to take advantage of the error correction window and still be considered “on-time,” an application must meet the following criteria:

Remember: Applicants who experience problems with or the eRA Commons that threaten the timely submission of their application or the ability to obtain the tracking number and timestamp necessary to verify on-time submission should follow the directions and adhere to the policies outlined on the “Need Assistance?” page of the NIH Applying Electronically Web site.


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