Delays in Grant Application Submission due to Severe Summer Weather and other Natural Disasters/Emergencies

Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-108

Key Dates
Release Date: May 29, 2015

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Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The NIH is aware of the disruption caused by recent severe storms in Texas and Oklahoma. Seasonal natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and forest fires may negatively impact an affected applicant organization's ability to make an on-time grant application submission. When applications cannot be submitted because the applicant organization is officially closed due to a natural disaster or other emergency, the NIH will consider accepting those applications late, on a case-by-case basis, under the following circumstances:

  • Applications must be submitted as soon as possible after the applicant organization/institution re-opens, not to exceed the number of days the applicant organization was officially closed.
  • A cover letter must be submitted with the application, with enough detail about the delay so that NIH staff can make a determination whether circumstances justify accepting the application late.

Also, please note:

  • Advanced permission to submit late after a disaster-related delay is not required.
  • Although the NIH will often issue a Guide Notice like this one, the policy still applies to other disasters and emergencies, including those of a more limited or local nature that are not discussed in a separate NIH Guide Notice.

The NIH has established a web page about the NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters that provides information on a variety of topics:


Please direct all inquiries to:

Division of Receipt and Referral
Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
Telephone: 301-435-0715