Special Reminder: AHRQ Natural Disaster Policy - Hurricane Florence

Notice Number: NOT-HS-18-017

Key Dates
Release Date: September 20, 2018

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (http://www.ahrq.gov)


AHRQ realizes that the widespread damage caused by Hurricane/Tropical-Storm Florence and aftermath may lead to problems for investigators who are planning on submitting grant applications and reports. When delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed due to a natural disaster or other emergency, AHRQ will consider accepting applications late, on a case-by-case basis. This notice is to inform the research community that AHRQ will implement the following Policy as described below.

  • Institutions must submit applications or reports as soon as possible after reopening, not to exceed the number of days the institution was officially closed.
  • Institutions must submit a cover letter with the application, with enough detail about the delay so that AHRQ staff can make a determination whether circumstances justify accepting the application late.
  • Institutions need not request advance permission to submit late due to a disaster-related delay.

AHRQ will provide information (including reporting guidance) to grantees whose research has been affected by the storm, and will proceed with additional NIH Guide Notices once the initial period of emergency has passed.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Lisa Scott-Morring, MS, MSHS, CRA
Director, Division for Policy, Coordination and Analysis
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS
Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations
Email: Lisa.Scott-Morring@ahrq.hhs.gov