Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy - Flooding in Louisiana

Notice Number: NOT-OD-16-135

Key Dates
Release Date: August 19, 2016  

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


NIH realizes that 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