Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy -- Winter Storm Jonas

Notice Number: NOT-OD-16-061

Key Dates
Release Date: January 25, 2016

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Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


NIH is open for application submission. All applications due today must be submitted on time unless the applicant organization is officially closed.

Seasonal natural disasters 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
Telephone: 301-435-0715