NIH Announces New Centralized Notifications for Unfunded Applications

Notice Number: NOT-OD-19-133

Key Dates
Release Date: August 22, 2019

Related Announcements
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Issued by
Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)

Purpose

As NIH continues towards its goals of reducing administrative burden, business practices are being updated to improve efficiency and service to the applicant community. The purpose of this Notice is to inform the NIH extramural community of a new centralized, streamlined process for official notification of unfunded applications.

Implementation

NIH will begin sending centralized, automated correspondence to applicant organizations to notify of NIH’s intent not to fund the indicated applications. A consolidated email, listing the applications which NIH does not intend to fund, will be sent by the NIH eRA system to the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR)/Signing Official (SO) listed in the grant application and to the Notice of Award email address listed in the applicant’s eRA Commons Institutional Profile File (IPF). The email will be sent approximately 14 months after the application’s council date.

In addition to the official email correspondence, individuals with the privileges to view status, including PIs, will be able to see if an unfunded application notification has been sent for a specific application in eRA Commons.

Funding decisions indicated in the correspondence are specific to the applications included in the email and have no impact on subsequent submissions, including resubmissions. No changes have been made to NIH’s application submission/resubmission policy, as outlined in NOT-OD-18-197.

Resources

For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  and the eRA Online Help webpage.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

For technical assistance, contact the eRA Service Desk, via one of the options described at: eRA Service Desk.

For inquiries concerning the policy described in this Notice, contact: OPERAsystemspolicy@nih.gov.