February 2, 2021
Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)
The COVID-19 pandemic, along with extensive mitigation measures, has adversely affected progress in many biomedical research settings. Evidence from multiple sources, including a survey NIH issued to its extramural research workforce, indicates legitimate concerns about career trajectory for early career scientists. Therefore, within existing constraints of available funding, NIH plans to support early career scientists whose career trajectories have been significantly affected by the pandemic.
Therefore, NIH is providing an opportunity for recipients of NIH Fellowship (“F”) and NIH Career Development (“K”) awards who have been impacted by COVID-19 to request extensions as follows:
For most NIH awards, recipients may extend the final budget period of the previously approved project period (e.g. no-cost extension) one time, without NIH prior approval. For Fellowships and some career development awards (e.g., K99), the first no-cost extension may be submitted by the Authorized Organization Official (AOR) as a prior approval request to the funding IC(s). Recipients may also submit prior approval requests for second no-cost extensions. These requests must include a justification outlining the impact of COVID-19 on the recipient’s training and career development activities and will be considered by the funding IC(s) on a case by case basis.
Recipients, via the AOR, may request a funded extension for F and K awards by contacting the Grants Management and Program Official listed in the Notice of Award. These requests will be considered by each IC on a case-by-case basis using the following considerations:
Funded extension requests must include the following:
For additional information on the NIH response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Direct all inquiries and requests for funded extensions to the Grants Management and Program Officials listed on the Notice of Award
For general inquiries about fellowships and career development programs please contact:
For general policy questions please contact:
NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration
Division of Grants Policy