Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. 10/1/2011): Policy Changes, Clarifications and Document Enhancements

Notice Number: NOT-OD-12-003

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

  • August 1, 2012 - See Notice NOT-OD-12-128. Clarification: Time Limit on NIH Resubmission Applications.

Key Dates
Release Date: October 20, 2011

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the publication of the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS, rev. 10/1/2011). This revision is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2011. This revision supersedes, in its entirety, the NIH Grants Policy Statement (10/2010) as a standard term and condition of award. However, the October 2010 NIHGPS continues to be the standard term and condition for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011.

The NIHGPS provides both up-to-date policy guidance that serves as NIH standard terms and conditions of awards for grants and cooperative agreements, and extensive guidance to individuals that are interested in pursuing NIH grants.

While this revision does not introduce any new material for the first time, it incorporates new and modified requirements, clarifies certain policies, and implements changes in statutes, regulations, and policies that have been implemented through appropriate legal and/or policy processes since the previous version of the GPS dated 10/1/2010. The document is available in the following electronic formats: HTML and PDF ( The link to the 10/1/10 NIHGPS and all previous versions will remain the same.

NIH will continue to publish interim grants policy changes through the issuance of NIH Guide Notices found at Each change will be described, including its applicability and effective date; and the necessary language to implement it as a term or condition of award provided.

A document is available that summarizes the significant changes that are implemented with the October 1, 2011 NIHGPS [] (MS Word - 75 KB).


Please direct all inquiries to:

Division of Grants Policy
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20892