Updated Guidance for Videos Submitted as NIH Application Materials
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February 03, 2020

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This Notice revises the Video formats instructions in the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-141, referenced in NIH Grants Policy Statement Section 2.3.7, in order to maintain compatibility with NIH information systems. All other portions of NOT-OD-12-141 and the NIH Grants Policy Statement Section 2.3.7 remain in effect, including guidance on allowable content..


What Has Changed:

  • Effective immediately, post-submission videos do not need to be embedded in .pdf files.
  • Acceptable formats for videos are .mp4, .mov, .avi, and .wmv.

What Will Not Change:

  • Videos may only be submitted as post-submission materials and not embedded in or linked from the application materials unless expressly instructed to do so in the funding opportunity announcement instructions.
  • If multiple videos are submitted for the same application, the aggregate length must not exceed 2 minutes for single-project applications and 5 minutes for multi-component applications.
  • The file size limit remains at 25 MB.


Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Systems Policy Branch
Email: OPERAsystemspolicy@nih.gov

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