NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 12, April 11, 1997


P.T. 34


  Ethics/Values in Science & Technol 


Agency for Health Care Policy and Research


Beginning with the October 1997 receipt date, the Agency for Health

Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) will no longer consider any A3 or

higher amendments to an application.  Further, regardless of the

number of amendments, AHCPR will not accept a revised (amended)

application that is submitted later than two years beyond the receipt

date of the initial, unamended application.  This new policy applies

to all mechanisms (e.g., R01, R03, R18) and is consistent with the

NIH policy on amended/revised applications announced in the NIH

Guide, Vol. 25, No. 19, June 14, 1996.  A significant amount of

applicant and review resources are devoted to revised (amended)

applications.  AHCPR believes that after two years, the research

issues may be less timely and relevant to AHCPR priorities.  Thus,

applicants should reconsider their research plans, redesigning them

to take into account more current and relevant information.  The

policy limiting the number of amendments to two allows principal

investigators sufficient time to generate preliminary data if they

are required as suggested by reviewers and to consider new findings.




Questions or comments concerning this policy may be directed to:


Patricia Thompson, Ph.D.

AHCPR Referral Office

Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

Telephone:  (301) 594-1437, Extension 1607

FAX: (301) 594-0154



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