This Notice was RESCINDED on January 24, 2020 please see NOT-OD-20-060 that replaces it


RESCINDED - Clarification: Assignment Deadlines for Applications Submitted Under the NIH Continuous Submission Policy

Notice Number: NOT-OD-18-178

Key Dates
Release Date: June 22, 2018

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


This notice serves to remind the applicant community of the council assignment deadlines for applications submitted under the NIH Continuous Submission Policy. The policy as described in NOT-OD-17-042, including the due dates and receipt deadlines described in the Notice, has not changed.

Read NOT-OD-17-042 for full details of the policy before planning any application submission under this policy.

Submission is Continuous Council Deadlines are not

  • Continuous submission is limited to R01, R21, and R34 applications that are eligible under the policy and would otherwise be due on the standard due dates listed in the table below.
  • Eligible applications may be submitted at any time, but they will be assigned to Advisory Council rounds based on the schedule in the table below.

For example, a R01 application due October 5 for May Council review may be submitted by a continuous submission-eligible PD/PI through December 16. Applications received on or after December 17 will be assigned to October Council for second level review and funding consideration.

For the Advisory
Council Round:

Standard Application Due Dates

Continuous Submission Non-AIDS
Application Receipt Deadline


R21, R34

R01, R21, R34


Oct/Nov 5

Oct/Nov 16

Dec 16


Feb/Mar 5

Feb/Mar 16

April 16


June/July 5

June/July 16

Aug 16

For the Advisory
Council Round:


AIDS Application Due Dates

Continuous Submission AIDS
Application Receipt Deadline

R01, R21, R34

R01, R21, R34


Jan 7

Feb 7


May 7

June 7


Sept 7

Oct 7

  • If a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) has a mix of standard and special receipt dates, continuous submission applications may only be submitted for the standard due dates on the FOA.
  • If the receipt deadline falls on a weekend or a Federal holiday, it automatically rolls to the next business day.
  • The NIH late policy described in NOT-OD-15-039 cannot be used to extend these receipt deadlines. Applications submitted for continuous submission eligibility after the receipt deadlines will be assigned to the next Council round for second level review.
  • Direct any submission issues, including rejection messages indicating the opportunity is closed, to the eRA Service Desk.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Frequently Asked Questions and answers have been prepared (see ). Any remaining issues/appeals may be directed to a NIH Continuous Submission Committee by emailing