The NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS) makes available, in a single document, the policy requirements that serve as the terms and conditions of NIH grant awards. By accepting an award, grantees agree to comply with the requirements in the NIH Grants Policy Statement except where the notice of award states otherwise. Notices of policy changes published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts can supersede information in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Compliance with these policy updates also becomes a term and condition of award. NIH incorporates these notices into the annual update of the NIH Grants Policy Statement.
NIH Grants Policy Statement - April 2021 HTML* PDF
Applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2020.
Significant Changes since December, 2019 (PDF - 106 KB)
Significant Changes since Oct 2018 (PDF - 105 KB)
Significant Changes since Oct 2017 (PDF - 173 KB)
Anticipated date of next update: Fiscal Year 2022
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Prior NIH Grants Policy Statements
NIH Fiscal years run from Oct 1-Sept 30. The NIHGPS apply to grant awards with budget periods beginning within the same fiscal year. For example, an award made in Jan 2019 would adhere to the requirements contained in the Oct 2018 Grants Policy Statement.
Prior NIHGPS Versions: Dec 2019, Oct 2018, Oct 2017, Nov 2016, Oct/Nov 2015
Recent Notices of Policy Changes
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