NIH Grants Policy Statement

The NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS) makes available, in a single document, the policy requirements that serve as the terms and conditions of NIH grant awards. By accepting an award, grantees agree to comply with the requirements in the NIH Grants Policy Statement except where the notice of award states otherwise.  Notices of policy changes [link] published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts can supersede information in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Compliance with these policy updates also becomes a term and condition of award. NIH incorporates these notices into the annual update of the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

NIH Grants Policy Statement - Oct/Nov 2015   HTML   PDF

Applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2015.

Significant Changes since 3/13/2015 (PDF - 42 KB)

Anticipated date of next update: October 2016

Prior NIH Grants Policy Statements:

NIH Fiscal years run from Oct 1-Sept 30. The NIHGPS apply to grant awards with budget periods beginning within the same fiscal year. For example, an award made in Jan 2016 would adhere to the requirements contained in the Oct 2015 Grants Policy Statement.

Prior NIHGPS Versions: 03/31/2015, 10/01/201310/01/201210/01/201110/01/2010

Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants

The information contained on the Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants web page serve as terms and conditions of award that apply in addition to the NIHGPS.

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Recent Notices of Policy Changes

June 2016

June 30 OMB Approval for SF424 R&R Forms Used Federal-wide Underway - Continue to Use Current Forms Until Further Notice
June 21 Additional Awardees Eligible for PA-16-288 “Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin sup)”
June 21 Scenarios to Illustrate the Use of Direct and Indirect Costs for Single IRB Review under the NIH Policy on the Use of Single IRB for Multi-Site Research
June 21 Final NIH Policy on the use of Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research
June 21 Modification of No-Cost Extension and Carryover of Funds Policies for the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)
June 13 Revised NIH Parental Leave Policy for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards 
June 10 Form Correction Made for All NIH Fellowship Opportunities

May 2016

May 26 NIH Research Involving Chimpanzees
May 17 Request for Information (RFI): Data Annotation in Biomedical Core Research Facilities and Related Needs for Community Education and Training
May 11 Request for Information on the Development of the FY 2018 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research
May 3 Notice of Intent to Release Names of NIH-Funded Research Project Personnel in the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) System

March 2016

February 2016

February 25 Requirement for the Appropriate Signatures on NIH Forms and Official Documentation
February 22 NIHs Implementation of the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) Requirements
February 19 Plan to Move to Updated Forms (FORMS-D) for Administrative Supplement, Successor-In-Interest and Change of Institution Opportunities
February 17 Reminder: All Subject Inventions Must Be Reported on the HHS 568 - Final Invention Statement and Certification (For Grant or Award) and in iEdison
February 12 Impact of Grant Application Form Update (FORMS-D) on Late and Continuous Submission Applications
February 11 NIH Policy on Informed Consent for Human Fetal Tissue Research
February 9 Registration Now Open for the Spring & Fall 2016 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding & Grants Administration

January 2016

January 28 Notice of Correction to Salary Limitation on NIH Grants, and Cooperative Agreements 
January 26 Revised: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2016 
January 25 Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy -- Winter Storm Jonas 
January 25 Streamlining the eRA Commons Registration Process 
January 22 Reminder: NIH & AHRQ Grant Application Changes for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2016
January 20 Change in eRA Commons Registration Process
January 20 Clarification: New Salary and Research Cost Allowances for K08 and K23 Career Development Awards
January 20 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2016
January 20 NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards - FY 2016
January 14 Notice of Correction to the Application Instructions for RFA-OD-16-003 "Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes: Patient Reported Outcomes Research Resource Center Core (ECHO PRO Core) (U24)"
January 12 Notice Clarifying SBIR Direct-to-Phase II Eligibility Criteria

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