Notice Number: NOT-OD-19-053
Release Date: January 7, 2019
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Beginning in 2007 the NIH allowed New Investigators (NI) the option of submitting R01 A1 resubmission applications for consecutive review cycles ("next round resubmission"). Because it enabled NI to potentially resubmit applications more rapidly, the expectation was that the policy would accelerate funding for NI. However, this turned out to be incorrect. Utilization of the "next round resubmission" policy has been low since the beginning, and is declining: only 12% (2007-2011) and 8% (2012-2017) of eligible NIs use it. The average age of a first R01 award has not declined, nor has there been a significant change in time to award for eligible new investigators.
With the implementation of the Next Generation Researchers Initiative (NGRI; NOT-OD-17-101 ), NIH has prioritized funding of meritorious R01 applications, a strategy that is expected to reduce the number of resubmissions necessary to receive an award. NIH will continue to make a special accommodation for NI R01 applications, by retaining clustered review and preferential release of summary statements. However, the special NI deadline for next round resubmission of A1 R01 applications will be eliminated.
Starting with R01 applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2019:
Please direct all inquiries to:
Division of Receipt and Referral
Center for Scientific Review