September 25, 2020
Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)
It is highly likely that wildfires in the US will adversely impact some NIH-applicants’ and recipients’ ability to submit applications and/or reports in a timely manner. Generally, NIH considers accepting late applications when delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed due to a natural disaster or other emergency. Given the current combination of the existing Presidentially-declared Public Health Emergency concerning COVID-19 and the wildfires, NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) may, at their discretion, accept late applications to Funding Opportunity Announcements reviewed at their IC on a case by case basis due to other circumstances than an official closure. In addition, note the following:
We will continue to monitor the situations closely, identifying ways we can help and publishing any additional information in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.
Division of Grants Policy,
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)