Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy - Hurricane Irma

Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-113

Key Dates
Release Date: September 14, 2017

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


It is highly likely that Hurricane/Tropical-Storm Irma will adversely affect some NIH-applicants and recipients ability to submit applications or reports in a timely manner. 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 and in accordance with the NIH Grants Policy Statement, Section 2.3.9.

  • 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.

We will be continuing to monitor the situation closely, identifying ways we can help as outlined on this page and publish any additional information in the NIH Guide.


Please direct all inquiries to:

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