Resubmission Applications

A resubmission is an unfunded application that has been modified following initial review and resubmitted for consideration.

  • You may resubmit after a new, renewal, or revision application­­­­­, as specified by the funding opportunity announcement.
  • We allow only one resubmission for each new, unfunded application.
  • You may submit an unfunded new application as new again, without a resubmission.
  • Before a resubmission application can be submitted, the PD/PI must have received the summary statement from the previous review.
  • You must resubmit within 37 months of the application it follows.  Thereafter, the application must be submitted as a new application.
  • After an unsuccessful resubmission, you may submit the idea as a new application.
  • After an unsuccessful resubmission of a renewal application, your only option for a subsequent application is to submit as a new application (i.e., you cannot submit another renewal application after your unsuccessful renewal resubmission).
  • A resubmission has a suffix in its application identification number, e.g., A1. (Resubmissions were previously called “amended” applications, hence “A1”.)
  • The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time, except in certain limited circumstances.
Application Requirements for Resubmission Applications
  • You may need to make significant changes to the resubmission, compared to the new application that it follows.
  • You must include an introduction for all resubmission that:
    •  summarizes substantial additions, deletions, and changes to the application
      • individual changes do not need to be identified within other application attachments (e.g., do not need to bold or italicize changes in Research Strategy)
    • responds to the issues and criticism raised in the summary statement
    • is one page or less in length, unless specified otherwise in the FOA or is specified differently on our table of page limits.
  • You may choose to submit an introduction for individual components of a multiproject application; it is not required at the component level.
  • A resubmission of a revision uses the same one page for all introductory information.
  • Career development and fellowship applicants must arrange for resubmission of the three reference letters required for those programs.
Policy Details
Reminders Related to the NIH/AHRQ Policy for Application Submission
Clarifications to the NIH and AHRQ Policy for Application Submission
Overlapping applications 
Overlap with another application pending appeal of initial peer review
Time limit of 37 months for resubmissions

History of NIH’s policy on resubmissions


We encourage applicants to discuss questions about resubmission with the NIH Institute/Center scientific contact associated with your grant application. Contacts for your grant can be found in your eRA Commons account.

General questions concerning this policy may be directed to the Division of Receipt and Referral at the Center for Scientific Review, 301-435-0715.