Implementation of the Shortened Review Cycle for New Investigator R01 Applications Reviewed in National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Recurring Study Sections

Notice Number: NOT-MH-08-002

Key Dates
Release Date:  October 18, 2007

Issued by
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (


The purpose of this notice is to inform the research community that beginning with the May 2008 Council Round (i.e., October 5, 2007/ November 5, 2007 R01 receipt dates) NIMH and NIDA will offer New Investigators the option of submitting for consecutive review cycles a resubmission/amended R01 application to standing review committees.

As part of the National Institutes of Health continuing commitment to new investigators, a pilot effort ( was begun in 2006 in the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) to allow new investigators to have the option of submitting a resubmission/amended R01 application for consecutive review cycles, saving four months.  This pilot was extended broadly in subsequent cycles and has involved nearly 2000 new investigator R01 applications reviewed in the original 40 study sections in the Center for Scientific Review.  Approximately 13% of the eligible new investigators have used the option of next cycle submission. Beginning with the September/October 2007 Study Section meetings the Center for Scientific Review is extending this to all new investigator R01 applications submitted for standard receipt dates (this does not include submissions for Funding Opportunity Announcements with special receipt dates)

Joining this initiative are the newly participating NIMH Study Sections: Interventions Committee for Adult Mood and Anxiety Disorders (ITMA), Interventions Committee for Disorders Related to Schizophrenia, Late Life, or Personality (ITSP), Interventions Committee for Disorders Involving Children and Their Families (ITVC), Mental Health Services in Specialty Settings (SRSP), and Mental Health Services in Non-Specialty Settings (SRNS). 

NIDA’s participating Study Sections include: Treatment Research Committee (NIDA-E), Health Services Research Committee (NIDA-F), and Medication Development Research Subcommittee (NIDA –L).

The NIMH and NIDA recurring study sections that review new investigator R01 applications will meet on a schedule to allow consecutive cycle resubmissions.    

NIH Definition of a New Investigator

See for current definition.When Multiple Principal Investigators are proposed, all PIs must meet the definition of new investigator to qualify for shortened review cycle consideration ( 



Jean G. Noronha, Ph.D.
Referral Liaison, Division of Extramural Activities
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