Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy - Hurricane Harvey

Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-106

Key Dates
Release Date: August 28, 2017

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Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


It is highly likely that Hurricane/Tropical-Storm Harvey will adversely affect some NIH-applicants and recipients ability to submit applications or reports on time. When delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed due to a natural disaster or other emergency, the NIH will consider accepting applications late, on a case-by-case basis, under the following circumstances:

  • Institutions must submit applications or reports as soon as possible after reopening, not to exceed the number of days the institution was officially closed.
  • Institutions must submit a cover letter with the application, with enough detail about the delay so that NIH staff can make a determination whether circumstances justify accepting the application late.
  • Institutions need not request advance permission to submit late due to a disaster-related delay.

NIH will provide information (including reporting guidance) to grantees whose research has been affected by the storm, and will proceed with additional NIH-Guide Notices once the initial period of emergency has passed.

The NIH has 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