Clarification: Time Limit on NIH Resubmission Applications

Notice Number: NOT-OD-12-128

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

  • April 17, 2014 - NIH and AHRQ Announce Updated Policy for Application Submission. See Notice NOT-OD-14-074.

Key Dates
Release Date: August 1, 2012

Related Notices
NOT-MH-12-013: Notice of Revised NIMH Policies for Applications Submitted to PA-11-195 -"Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research" (Parent K24) and PA-11-191 - "Independent Scientist Award" (Parent K02)
October 20, 2011 - See Notice NOT-OD-12-003: Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. 10/1/2011): Policy Changes, Clarifications and Document Enhancements.
July 29, 2011 - See Notice NOT-OD-11-101: Resubmission of Applications with Pending Appeals of NIH Initial Peer Review
November 24, 2010 - See Notice NOT-OD-11-021: Reminder: Policies Affecting Submission of NIH Grant Applications for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2011
October 1, 2010 - See Notice NOT-OD-10-140. New Time Limit for NIH Resubmission Applications
September 9, 2010 - See Notice NOT-OD-10-135: Enhancing Peer Review: Reminder of and Correction to Previous Notice on A2 Resubmission Opportunities for Eligible Applications
April 15, 2010 See Notice NOT-OD-10-080: Enhancing Peer Review: Clarification of Resubmission Policy and Determination of New Application Status
November 7, 2008 - See Notice NOT-OD-09-016: Clarification on New NIH Policy on Resubmission (Amended) Applications
October 8, 2008 - See Notice NOT-OD-09-003: New NIH Policy on Resubmission (Amended) Applications
May 7, 2003 - See Notice NOT-OD-03-041: Revised NIH Policy on Submission of a Revised (Amended) Application June 7, 1997 - See Notice NOT-OD-97-011: NIH Policy on Submission of Revised (Amended) Applications

Issued by
Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
Office of Extramural Research (OER)


NIH policy allows a thirty-seven month window for resubmissions (A1 applications) following the submission of a New, Renewal, or Revision application (A0 application). The policy was implemented to stimulate new research directions for projects that were not successful initially and may have become outdated over the course of several years. Since the NIH policy on resubmission applications was issued, CSR and OER have received numerous questions concerning its implementation. This Notice provides clarification of two aspects of the NIH policy on resubmission applications:

  • Starting point for the time limit after the original submission (A0 application).
  • Status of submissions after the time limit for resubmissions has expired.


The initial submission of a new, renewal or revision application constitutes the starting point for the thirty-seven month policy. After thirty-seven months, NIH views a submission as a new application, regardless of whether an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) was submitted during the thirty-seven month time period.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Division of Receipt and Referral
Center for Scientific Review


Sally A. Amero, Ph.D.
NIH Review Policy Officer