NIH Grants Policy Statement
Revised October 2017. This document applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements for budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2017.
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12.12 Changes in the Project

The approval of the NIH awarding IC is required for a transfer of the CDA to another institution, or a project change. Note, individual mentored and non-mentored CDAs may not be transferred to another PD/PI.

The Change of Recipient Organization policies described in IIA apply to Individual CDAs as long as the transfer is between domestic institutions. For mentored CDAs, the recipient must have a mentor at the new institution. If the transfer also involves a change in mentor, supporting documentation from the new mentor will be required. Consultation with the applicable NIH program staff and/or grants management staff is strongly encouraged when a change of institution is being considered.

CDAs are awarded under the NIH Standard Terms of Award and as such recipients have the authority to extend the final budget period of a project period without additional funds for up to 12 months. Recipients are reminded that all terms and conditions and programmatic requirements apply during the extension period. For instance, the full-time appointment and minimum effort requirements must continue for the entire extension period. Recipients should be mindful of these requirements when deciding how much additional time is needed.

12.12.1 Temporary Off-Site Training Experience

A temporary career development experience at another institution, including a foreign laboratory, may be permitted if the proposed experience is directly related to the overall goals and purpose of the K award. Only local institutional approval is required if such an arrangement does not exceed 3 months. For longer periods (not to exceed 12 months), prior written approval from the NIH awarding IC is required. The written request must document the approval of the recipient organization and the adequacy of arrangements for off-site training. Support from the career award will continue during such an off-site experience. For some CDAs additional information is required as part of any prior approval request: