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Notice of NIH Policy Changes

Policy notices published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts supersede information in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Compliance with these policy updates become a term and condition of award. NIH incorporates these notices into the annual update of the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Below is a listing of selected policy notices.

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Selected Past NIH Policy Notices

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April 2024
April 4Overview of Grant Application and Review Changes for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2025
April 4New NIH "FORMS-I" Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2025
April 4Simplified Review Framework for NIH Research Project Grant Applications - Update and Implementation Plans
March 2024
March 22Guidance on Flexibilities for Conducting Semiannual Inspections of Animal Facilities
March 22Guidance on Flexibilities for Conducting Semiannual Program Review
March 12Guidance for Videos Submitted as NIH Application Materials
March 8NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
February 2024
February 28Update Related to the Issuance of the FY 2024 NIH Grants Policy Statement
February 12NIH Guidance on Marking Changes in Resubmission Applications
February 5NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
January 2024
January 29Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2024
January 23NIH Enforcement of Unilateral Closeout Reporting in the System for Award Management Responsibility/Qualification (formerly Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS)
December 2023
December 21Reminder of eRA Commons ID Requirement for All Personnel on the R&R Senior/Key Person Profile Form
December 21Reminder for NIH Closeout Reporting Requirements and Closeout Email Notifications
December 21Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster and Other Emergencies Flexibilities
December 14NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
November 2023
November 14Clarification of Implementation of the NIH SBIR and STTR Foreign Disclosure Pre-award and Post-Award Requirements
October 2023
October 31NIH Will Send Reminder Notifications to Recipients with Final Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) in Rejected Status Beginning November 2023
October 27Adjustments to NIH Grant Application Due Dates on or Between October 28, 2023 and October 31, 2023
October 19Simplified Review Framework for NIH Research Project Grant Applications
October 4NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
September 2023
September 27Prior Approval Requests for Revisions to an Approved Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Plan Must be Submitted Using the Prior Approval Module
September 15NIH Final Updated Policy Guidance for Subaward/Consortium Written Agreements
September 7Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policies
July 2023
July 31NIH Application Instruction Updates Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Costs
July 14Update - NIH Response to Registration Issues in SAM.gov
July 11Review Integrity and Bias Awareness Training will be Required for NIH Reviewers Effective May 2024 Council Round
June 2023
June 23The Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence Technologies is Prohibited for the NIH Peer Review Process
June 9Implementation of the NIH SBIR and STTR Foreign Disclosure Pre-award and Post-Award Requirements
May 2023
May 25Updates to NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy Institutional Certification Forms
May 19NIH Updated Policy Guidance for Subaward/Consortium Written Agreements
April 2023
April 21Updates to Funding Opportunity Terminology
April 21Reminder NIH Policies for NRSA Stipends, Compensation and Other Income
April 18Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy Mississippi Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Tornadoes
March 2023
March 31Revising the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Post-Submission Material Policy
March 9Guidance for the Repayment of Grant Funds
March 1NIH Can No Longer Grant Common Rule Exceptions to the Use of a Single IRB for Multi-site Research After the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Expiration Date of May 11, 2023
March 1Expiration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
February 2023
February 27NIH Redesign of the xTrain Module in eRA Commons
February 23Updated Process for Requesting Drawdowns Outside of the Liquidation Period
February 10NIH Encourages the Use of the ARRIVE Essential 10 Checklist in all Publications Reporting on the Results of Vertebrate Animal and Cephalopod Research
February 3Notice of Fiscal Policies in Effect for FY 2023
February 3Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY 2023
February 3Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2023
February 3Clarification and Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications for the Spring 2023 Due Dates During the COVID-19 Pandemic
February 1Extending the Special Exception to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Post-Submission Material Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: August/October 2023 Councils
January 2023
January 31Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy California Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides and Alabama Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Tornadoes
January 25OMB Administrative Relief for Recipients Impacted by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian and the Alaska Flood and Landslide
January 25Reminder: NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing effective on January 25, 2023.
January 12Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2023
December 2022
December 28NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
December 22Updates to the Non-Discrimination Legal Requirements for NIH Recipients
December 22NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
December 22Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. December 2022) for Fiscal Year 2023
December 5OMB Single Audit Extension for Recipients in Major Disaster Areas (Alaska, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Puerto Rico)
December 5Announcing New Inbox for Inquiries Related to Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) and Financial Closeout
October 2022
October 26Reminder: FORMS-H Grant Application Forms & Instructions Must be Used for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2023 - New Grant Application Instructions Now Available
October 26NIH Offers Ability to Bypass 2-Business Day Application Viewing Window as an Option for Administrative Supplements
October 25RESCINDED - Clarification and Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications for the FALL 2022 Due Dates During the COVID-19 Pandemic
October 25Extending the Special Exception to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Post-Submission Material Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: May 2023 Councils
October 24NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
October 3Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy Hurricanes Fiona and Ian
September 2022
September 21Supplemental Information to the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing: Responsible Management and Sharing of American Indian/Alaska Native Participant Data
September 21Supplemental Information to the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing: Protecting Privacy When Sharing Human Research Participant Data
September 21NIH Final Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) Will No Longer be Converted to Interim Annual Reports in the Payment Management System
September 16Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) and Other Support: Reminders
September 12OLAW Waivers to Conduct Semiannual Facility Inspections due to COVID-19 Will Expire October 1, 2022
August 2022
August 8New NIH "FORMS-H" Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2023
August 5Implementation Details for the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy
August 3Adjustments to NIH and AHRQ Grant Application Due Dates Between September 22 and September 30, 2022
July 2022
July 15eRA Retirement of All Application Form Versions Prior to FORMS-E
June 2022
June 13Updated Policy on SBIR/STTR Organization Eligibility in Cases of Legal Action that Changes Small Business Status
May 2022
May 13June 2022 Updated eRA RPPR Module and Instruction Guide: Action Required for In-Progress Budget Forms
May 13Correction to Stipend Levels for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2022
May 10RESCINDED - Clarification and Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications for the Summer 2022 Due Dates During the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 10Updated Requirements for NIH Notification of Removal or Disciplinary Action Involving Program Directors/Principal Investigators or other Senior/Key Personnel
May 9Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY 2022
April 2022
April 29RESCINDED - NIH Response to Registration Issues in SAM.gov
April 25RESCINDED - Extending the Special Exception to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Post-Submission Material Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: January 2023 Councils
April 15Notice of Fiscal Policies in Effect for FY 2022
April 15RESCINDED - Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2022
March 2022
March 25Upcoming Changes to the Federal Financial Report (FFR) Beginning April 1, 2022
February 2022
February 17Notice of Change to NIHs Policy on Special Council Review of Research Applications
February 17FY 2022 Updated Guidance: Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research
February 10Plans to Promote Safe Environments at Conferences Supported by NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements
February 10Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements
February 4Further Continuation of Temporary Extension of Eligibility for the NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award During the COVID-19 Pandemic
January 2022
January 4Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. December 2021) for Fiscal Year 2022
December 2021
December 27RESCINDED - Extending the Special Exception to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Post-Submission Material Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: August/October 2022 Councils
December 27RESCINDED - Clarification and Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications for the Spring 2022 Due Dates During the COVID-19 Pandemic
December 15NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
October 2021
October 28Reminder: FORMS-G Grant Application Forms & Instructions Must be Used for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2022 - New Grant Application Instructions Now Available
October 25Reminder: Notice of NIH's Encouragement of Applications Supporting Individuals from Underrepresented Ethnic and Racial Groups as well as Individuals with Disabilities
October 20NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
October 18Notice of Clarification of Institutional Responsibilities Regarding NIH Grant to Protocol Congruence Review
October 13Reminder: Annual Reports to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare due December 1, 2021
October 12NIH Implementation of the Revised Common Rule Provision Regarding Public Health Surveillance Activities Deemed Not to Be Research
September 2021
September 23Announcement of Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Awards
September 10Updates to the Non-Discrimination Legal Requirements for NIH Recipients
September 1Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy Hurricanes Henri and Ida
August 2021
August 5New NIH "FORMS-G" Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2022
August 5Update: Notification of Upcoming Change in Federal-wide Unique Entity Identifier Requirements
July 2021
July 26Updated Policy for Family Leave and Unpaid Leave for Extramural Loan Repayment Program Recipients
July 13Reminder Regarding Recipient and Applicant Grants Policy Related Inquiries
July 8RESCINDED - Updated Process for Requesting Drawdowns Outside of the Liquidation Period
June 2021
June 22Reiterating Organization Eligibility and Application Submission for NIH Research Enhancement Awards (R15)
June 4RESCINDED - NIH Final Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) will be converted to Interim Annual Reports in the Payment Management System
June 1RESCINDED - Updated Process for Submission of Federal Financial Reports for Closed Payment Management System Subaccounts
May 2021
May 18Announcing New Inbox for Inquiries Related to Changes to Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page
April 2021
April 28Implementation of Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page
April 20Expanding Requirement for eRA Commons IDs to All Senior/Key Personnel
April 20Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. April 2021) for Fiscal Year 2021
April 16Update on Changes to NIH Requirements Regarding Proposed Human Fetal Tissue Research
April 15Continuation of Temporary Extension of Eligibility for the NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award During the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 14Reminder: Required use of FORMS-F application forms for application submission
April 2RESCINDED - Reminders of NIH Policies Related to Closeout
March 2021
March 23RESCINDED - Continued Extension of Certain Flexibilities for Prospective Basic Experimental Studies With Human Participants
March 23Updated Reporting Requirements for RADx-rad Grant Recipients
March 15Announcement of Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellows
March 12Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021
March 1RESCINDED - Announcement of Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellows
February 2021
February 19Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy Winter Storms
February 12Policy on Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance is Revoked
February 8Notice of Changes in the Review Criteria for Applications Submitted for NIH Support for Scientific Conferences (R13 and U13)
February 4UPDATE Implementation of Requirement to Submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR) in the Payment Management System
January 2021
January 29Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2021
January 29Notice of Fiscal Policies in Effect for FY 2021
January 29Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY 2021
January 27Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2021
January 22Updated Guidelines for Enhancing Diversity and Creating Safe Environments in Conferences Supported by NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements
December 2020
December 30Reminder: Mandatory Submission of the Federal Financial Report (FFR) in the Payment Management System Beginning January 1, 2021
December 11Clarification on Prohibition on Expending NIH Grant Funds for Covered Telecommunications Equipment or Services
December 4Updated Instructions on Interim Reporting and Carryover for RADx-UP Recipients
November 2020
November 23RESCINDED - Prohibition on Expending NIH Grant Funds for Covered Telecommunications Equipment or Services
November 17NIH Implementation of the Revised Federal-wide Research Terms and Conditions
November 5Notice of Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Statement on Oversight of NIH-owned Chimpanzees
November 4RESCINDED - Extended Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications During the COVID-19 Pandemic
October 2020
October 29Supplemental Information to the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing: Elements of an NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan
October 29Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing
October 29Supplemental Information to the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing: Allowable Costs for Data Management and Sharing
October 29Supplemental Information to the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing: Selecting a Repository for Data Resulting from NIH-Supported Research
October 23Notice of Clarification: Policy for Managing Conflict of Interest in NIH Peer Review
October 23RESCINDED - Exceptions to Use of a Single IRB During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency
October 21NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
October 16Notice of Policy Revision: Managing Conflicts of Interest for Requests for Applications (RFAs)
October 1Requirement for Trainee Diversity Report to be Submitted Electronically for Institutional Research Training, Career Development, and Research Education Awards Beginning in Early FY 2021
October 1Reminder: Annual Reports to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare due December 1, 2020
September 2020
September 30Required Submission of Financial Conflict of Interest Policy into the eRA Commons Institution Profile (IPF) Module
September 30RESCINDED - Extending the Special Exception to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Post-Submission Material Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: August/October 2021 Councils
September 25Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy Wildfires
September 16Reminder: NIH Policy on Use of Hypertext in NIH Grant Applications
September 11RESCINDED - Notice of Limited Availability of Research Non-human Primates
September 11Policy for Charging Personal Protective Equipment to NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements as Direct Costs
September 10Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy Hurricane Laura
August 2020
August 28Notice of Correction to Eligibility in NIH Funding Opportunity Announcements
August 28Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy Hurricane Isaias, Derecho
August 12RESCINDED - Extending the Special Exception to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Post-Submission Material Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
August 11Temporary Extension of Eligibility for the NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award During the COVID-19 Pandemic
July 2020
July 31Upcoming Changes to the Notice of Award (NoA) Beginning October 1, 2020
July 28Policy Update - Results Information Reporting for Applicable Clinical Trials (ACTs)
July 13Grant and Contract Submission Requirements Regarding the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition
June 2020
June 30Public Comments on the Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition
June 30Notice of Requirement for Electronic Submission of all Administrative Supplements
June 23Upcoming Mandatory Submission of the Federal Financial Report (FFR) in the Payment Management System Beginning January 1, 2021
June 18NIH Summary Statement Available to the Signing Officials (SO) through the eRA Commons
June 17Reminder of Upcoming FORMS-F and Inclusion Across the Lifespan Requirements for NIH Applicants and Recipients Submitting Post-Submission Updates Using the Human Subjects System (HSS)
June 9RESCINDED - Special Exception to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Post-Submission Material Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 2020
May 22Reissue of Parent Announcements (PA-18-589, PA-18-590, PA-18-591, and PA-18-592) and the Urgent (PA-18-935) and Emergency (PA-20-135) Competitive Revision FOAs is Underway - Continue to use the Current Announcements and Forms Packages Until Reissuance
May 21Notice of Update to the Reporting Period of the Annual Report to OLAW
April 2020
April 8Reminder: Changes to Forms and Instructions for Research Training Grant, Fellowship, and Career Development Award Applications for Applications Due on or After May 25, 2020
March 2020
March 26UPDATE: NIH Late Application Policy Due to Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 17RESCINDED - Flexibilities for Assured Institutions for Activities of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) Due to COVID-19
March 12Flexibilities Available to Applicants and Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Affected by COVID-19
March 10General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Proposal Submission and Award Management Related to COVID-19
March 10Reminder: FORMS-F Grant Application Forms & Instructions Must be Used for Due Dates On or After May 25, 2020- New Grant Application Instructions Now Available
March 10NIH LATE APPLICATION POLICY Due to Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
February 2020
February 28Notice of Transition to New System for Issuing Certificates of Confidentiality for Non-NIH Funded Research
February 7Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2020
February 5Notice of Fiscal Policies in Effect for FY 2020
February 5Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2020
February 5Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY 2020
February 3RESCINDED - Updated Guidance for Videos Submitted as NIH Application Materials
January 2020
January 24Update of NIH Continuous Submission Policy: Change in Submission Deadlines and End of Recent Substantial Service Option
January 22Additional Guidance on the NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research
December 2019
December 31OMB Approval for Grant Application and Related Forms Underway Continue to Use Current Forms (FORMS-E) through May 24, 2020
December 23Notification of HHS Plan to Publish a Statement Announcing the Intention to Convene an NIH Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board for Fiscal Year 2020 and Soliciting Nominations
December 19NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
December 10Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. December 2019) for FY 2020
December 3NIH and AHRQ Announce Upcoming Changes to Policies, Instructions and Forms for Research Training Grant, Fellowship, and Career Development Award Applications
November 2019
November 22New NIH "FORMS-F" Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2020
November 22Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity
November 6Request for Public Comments on a DRAFT NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental DRAFT Guidance
October 2019
October 30NIH Extension Policy for Eligibility Window for Pathway to Independence Awards (K99/R00)
October 4NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
September 2019
September 11Reminder - NIH Natural Disaster Policy - Hurricane Dorian
August 2019
August 23Clarifying Competing Application Instructions and Notice of Publication of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Proposed Human Fetal Tissue Research
August 22NIH Announces New Centralized Notifications for Unfunded Applications
July 2019
July 26Changes to NIH Requirements Regarding Proposed Human Fetal Tissue Research
July 24RESCINDED - Extension of Certain Flexibilities for Prospective Basic Experimental Studies With Human Participants
July 10Requirement for ORCID iDs for Individuals Supported by Research Training, Fellowship, Research Education, and Career Development Awards Beginning in FY 2020
July 10Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components
June 2019
June 7Reminder: Expiration of FY2014 Grant Funds
May 2019
May 21Required Use of the xTRACT System to Prepare Data Tables for Training Grant Research Performance Progress Reports in FY 2020
May 17Guidance on Posting Informed Consent Forms for NIH-Funded Clinical Trials
April 2019
April 25Notice of the Publication of Revised NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules
April 17Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2019
April 11Notification of Upcoming Change in Federal-wide Unique Entity Identifier Requirements
March 2019
March 4Small Business Organization Type Information Pulled from System for Award Management Record Rather than Grant Application Form
February 2019
February 19RESCINDED - Revised Guidance on Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance
January 2019
January 11Register to Attend the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration Baltimore, MD May 2019
January 11Removal of the Requirement for Institutional Review Board Review of NIH Grant Applications and Contract Proposals Related to Research
January 10Extension of Comment Period on Draft Report: Reducing Administrative Burden to Researchers for Animal Care and Use in Research
January 9Notice of Clarification Regarding Harassment and Discrimination Protections in NIH Training Applications
January 7NIH Policy for Review and Resubmission of New Investigator R01 Applications
January 2NIH Implementation of the Final Rule on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule)