Change in Time of Submission/Receipt of NIH Electronic Grant Applications to

Notice Number: NOT-OD-06-050

Key Dates
Release Date: March 16, 2006

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (

The purpose of this Notice is to inform applicants of a change in the time that electronic grant applications must be successfully received by ( in order to be considered "on time." Effective April 1, 2006, applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization) on the submission date(s) described in a funding opportunity announcement. Please note that the timestamp will continue to be expressed in Eastern Time.

The rationale to use a 5:00 p.m. local time deadline takes into consideration a number of factors, including spreading the workload during peak submission times, creating a more equitable playing field for applicant institutions/organizations in different regions of the country, aligning NIH business processes with those of other Federal agencies, and requests from applicant institutions/organizations.

This change applies to ALL electronic grant applications submitted to NIH through, including those that have already changed to electronic submission by April 1, 2006 (R13, R15, R36, S10, SBIR R43/R44, and STTR R41/R42) and those that are scheduled to do so in the future (e.g., R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, and R34 for the June 1, 2006 submission date). Thus, it does not apply to S10 applications due March 22, 2006 but does apply to SBIR and STTR applications due April 1, 2006. The timeline for the transition of all competing grant mechanisms is available at:

Please note that the following offices continue to be available for assistance in the electronic submission of grant applications to NIH through Customer Support
Contact Center Phone: 800-518-4726
Business Hours: M-F 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

NIH eRA Service Desk
Phone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)
TTY: 301-451-5939
Business hours: M-F 7:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)


Inquiries regarding this Notice should be directed to:

Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
Phone: 301-945-7573
TTY: 301-451-5936