New NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts Listings Now Available

Notice Number: NOT-OD-05-025

Key Dates
Release Date: January 13, 2005

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National Institutes of Health (NIH), (

This is to announce that previous static listings for browsing published NIH Guide announcements have been replaced with real-time database query listings that retrieve only active Requests for Applications ( RFAs ) and Program Announcements ( PAs ), based on the expiration dates stated in those announcements. The new listing for NIH Guide Notices displays Notices published over the last two years, by default, since expiration dates are not currently assigned to these announcements. Links to these new resources are available from the main NIH Guide Funding Opportunities and Notices page, at:

All announcements (active plus inactive) in each category may also be viewed by using selections in the drop-down box at the top of each listing page. Clicking on header links allows re-sorting of lists. In addition, a new Ad Hoc NIH Guide Database Search page is available at the above URL, which allows for individualized queries with various selection criteria.

Since NIH Guide listings now use expiration dates as a key item, the following information is provided, relating to expiration dates in each of the three announcement categories:

RFAs - The expiration date for RFAs is generally set to one day after the last receipt date for the RFA. Once an RFA expiration date is reached, applications relating to the RFA will no longer be accepted by the NIH.

PAs - In general, PAs are active for up to 3 years (9 submission cycles) beyond the initial Release Date. Most PAs issued in 2001 or later will have a specific Expiration Date listed near the top of the document. Those that do not have a date specified in the announcement have been set to expire 3 years after the Release Date, unless an alternate date has been provided by the issuing organization. Once the expiration date is reached, applications should no longer be submitted for the PA. If an application is submitted that cites an expired PA, it may be delayed in the review process or returned without review. Important: Note that a PA Expiration Date may not coincide exactly with the actual final receipt date for the PA. Applicants should refer to the Receipt Dates/Deadlines page ( for the final receipt date that precedes the stated expiration date, based on the Mechanism(s) of Support shown in the PA. Also, note that PARs will sometimes have a single receipt date. I those cases, the expiration date will be the day after the receipt date.

Notices - All Notices are considered active since they do not have specific expiration dates. This field is currently populated with "n/a" for all Notices. In the future, NIH hopes to add expiration dates for Notices to allow for "active" listings to be generated.

The new NIH Guide Search Help Page contains above information, as well as other information regarding new NIH Guide listings.


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