July 13, 2021
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
The purpose of this notice is to remind the extramural research community of best practices regarding submission of grants policy related inquiries to NIH.
The NIH grants policy inbox is experiencing an increasing volume of inquiries that are
a) from non-designated contacts, or
b) best directed to the
This notice serves as a reminder regarding recipient and applicant grants policy related inquiries.
NIH awards are made to recipients, which are most often institutions, not individuals. NIH grants-policy staff members conduct official business with the Authorized Organization Representative (AORs), as detailed in NIHGPS Chapter 2.1.2 Recipient Staff.
As a reminder, inquiries regarding general grants-policy matters are best directed first to the recipient�s Office of Sponsored Programs; specifically, the AOR. In rare instances where these contacts are not able to assist in resolving the inquiry, or determine a need to seek guidance from the NIH on a complex or unusual policy circumstance, recipient/applicant�s AOR, not the PD/PI, may submit policy-related inquiries on the organization�s behalf to the NIH grants policy inbox.
As announced recently in NOT-OD-21-122, inquiries from the applicant/institution�s AOR related to changes to the biographical sketch and other support templates should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries from faculty will be redirected to the institution�s AOR for details.
NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Division of Grants Policy