Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy – Winter Storms
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February 19, 2021

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It is highly likely that winter storms across the U.S. will adversely impact the ability of NIH applicants and recipients in the impacted areas 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 winter storms, NIH Institutes and Centers 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:

  • 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 determine whether circumstances justify accepting the application late.
  • Institutions need not request advance permission to submit late due to a disaster-related delay.

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.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Division of Grants Policy
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)

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