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Initial Posting: January 12, 2009
Last Revised: January 3, 2012
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A New Investigator is an NIH research grant applicant who has not yet competed successfully for a substantial, NIH research grant. For example, a Program Director/ Principal Investigator (PD/PI) who has previously received a competing NIH R01 research grant is no longer considered a New Investigator. However, a PD/PI who has received a small grant (R03) or an Exploratory, Developmental Research Grant Award (R21) retains his or her status as a New Investigator. For a complete list of NIH grants that do not disqualify a PD/PI from being considered a New Investigator, visit http://grants.nih.gov/archive/grants/new_investigators/resources.htm.
A New Investigator is identified in the NIH eRA Commons by searching for evidence of previous substantial research grant awards. For a complete list of NIH grants that do not disqualify a PD/PI from being considered a New Investigator, visit http://grants.nih.gov/archive/grants/new_investigators/resources.htm.
Institutions must be registered with the NIH eRA Commons before faculty and staff can take advantage of electronic submission and retrieval of grant information. Only an individual with signing authority for the institution in grant related matters can register an institution. This individual is designated the “Signing Official.”
For most institutions, the Signing Official is located in the institution’s Office of Sponsored Research or its equivalent. Researchers should work through their institution’s Office of Sponsored Research or its equivalent to establish their own eRA Commons account. If you are unable to identify your institution’s Signing Official, please contact the NIH eRA Commons Help Desk at email@example.com.
Please note that an investigator will have a single Commons account and unique Commons ID for their entire career. Investigators will be affiliated with different institutions during their careers and may be affiliated with more than one institution at a given time.
The parameters for identifying New Investigators are described in the definition of New Investigator that appears on the New Investigator Webpage. The first step in making sure that you are correctly designated as a New or Early Stage Investigator is to go into your NIH Commons Profile and make sure the degree completion and/or the end of residency date has been correctly entered. If the Profile screens indicate that you are a New Investigator or an ESI, that information should be correctly assigned to any R01 or DP2 application that you submit in the future (until you are no longer eligible). If you believe that your ESI eligibility window needs to be extended because of a lapse in your research or research training, you can request an extension using the instructions on the New Investigator Webpage. If you have already submitted an application that doesn't reflect your current New Investigator or ESI status, you can send a note to the helpdesk to request a correction of the new PI/ESI status for the submitted application.
You may apply for an extension of the ESI period at any time after the eRA Commons has calculated and displayed your ESI status. PD/PIs are encouraged to update their degree and residency information and when necessary to request extensions well in advance of the due date for any planned R01 application. Early establishment of ESI status will avoid ambiguity about the ESI classification of submitted applications. Extra steps are required and must be initiated by the PD/PI to reclassify an application after it has been received and assigned. This page includes specific information on the required steps. What time units will be considered in a request?Terminal scientific degrees and residency completion dates will be reported as month and year. Similarly, requests for extension should be made in whole months. Rounding up to the next whole month is permissible. For example, if the time away from research is 6 months and 3 weeks, a request of 7 months is appropriate.
Prepare a table as shown below, but do not submit it with the initial request. You will be able to submit the table on an email subsequent to the initial request. The key issues which should be included are the time period (for example January 2012 through March 2012), the % time working, the % time away from research, and the reason for the hiatus as described in NOT-OD-09-043.
|Time Period||% time working||% time away from research||% time away from other work activities||Reason for hiatus|
|November and December 2009||75%||20%||5%||Final months of pregnancy; worked part-time|
|January and February 2010||25%||75%||none||Birth of child and first month|
|March and April 2010||50%||50%||none||Stayed home part-time to care for child|
Yes. A request for an extension of the ESI period can be based on natural disasters and other catastrophic events that led to a lab shutdown, relocation, or the need to rebuild resources required for your research. This can include a hurricane, fire, flood, earthquake or occurrences like an infection in an animal colony. In your extension request, please indicate the nature of the disaster and the actual time lost until you restarted your research or research training. As with other requested extensions, such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and the Extension Committee may ask for additional supporting information. The policies and procedures for requesting an extension of the period of ESI status are detailed at NOT-OD-09-034.
No. Even if required by your Institution, the time spent acquiring Board certifications is not eligible for an extension.
Postdoctoral training is not time away from research, and therefore is not considered a valid reason for an extension. In addition, didactic training that is expected in a standard postdoctoral position (such as attending lab meetings, presenting or attending conferences, or participating in the occasional university course) should not be considered grounds for an extension.
The ESI status of the PD/PI(s), on any R01 or DP2 application will be determined at the time of submission. If the PD/PI(s) on the application is/are classified as ESI on the date the application is successfully submitted to Grants.gov, the application will be flagged as ESI and will receive special consideration during the review and funding process. If the application status does not correctly reflect the ESI status on the day of submission, contact ESINIH@od.nih.gov.
The NI status for an application is calculated based on investigator status on the date the application is successfully submitted to NIH. The application will reflect the NI status regardless of whether the investigator loses NI status because of a substantial award after the submission date. Any NI application will be grouped with other NI applications during peer review. NI status will be reassessed for any pending application after peer review and prior to consideration for award.