RELEASE DATE:  February 19, 2003

NOTICE:  NOT-OD-03-030

National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

The recent winter storms have led to closures of institutions and the 
Federal Government.  The NIH realizes that this may cause problems for 
investigators who are submitting grant applications for special receipt 
dates (RFAs and PARs) for the week of February 17, 2003.  Applications 
for special receipt dates that are submitted late because of the recent 
storms should include a cover letter noting the reasons for the delay.  
It is not necessary to get permission in advance for weather-related 
delays in grant application submission; please do not call the Division 
of Receipt and Referral to request such permission.  It is important 
that these applications be received by NIH no later than February 26 so 
that they can be identified before the arrival of the March 1 
unsolicited applications.  Because March 1 falls on a Saturday, 
applications will be on time if they are sent by Monday, March 3, 2003.  
The critical date is the submission date, not the arrival date.  If the 
recent storms or other extraordinary circumstances lead to a delay in 
submission for March 3, please include a cover letter explaining the 
reasons for the delay; again, please do not call to request permission 
to be late.  

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