NIH Grants Policy Statement

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 - Nov. 2016   HTML   PDF

Applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2016.

Significant Changes since Oct/Nov 2015 (PDF - 118 KB)

Anticipated date of next update: October 2017

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 2017 would adhere to the requirements contained in the Nov 2016 Grants Policy Statement.

Prior NIHGPS Versions: Oct/Nov 201503/31/2015, 10/01/201310/01/201210/01/201110/01/2010

Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants

The information contained on the Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants web page serve as terms and conditions of award that apply in addition to the NIHGPS.

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Recent Notices of Policy Changes

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May 2017

May 11 Interagency Edison Requests for Extensions of Time to Retain Title to a Subject Invention or to File an Initial Patent Application under NIH Funding Agreements
May 2 NIH and FDA Release Protocol Template for Phase 2 and 3 IND/IDE Clinical Trials

April 2017

April 27 New “FORMS-E” Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2018
April 26 Request for Information (RFI): Invitation to Comment on Inclusion in Clinical Research Across the Lifespan
April 14 Guidance for Adjustments to Appointment Records in xTrain to Reflect Stipend Level Increases for Postdoctoral Trainees on Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)
April 12 Notice of Form Correction for PA-16-268 “Successor-in-Interest (Type 6 Parent)”
April 11 Request for Information on the Development of the FY 2019 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research
April 3 Change to NIH Method of Payment for Award to Federal Institutions and Individual Fellowships at Federal Sponsoring Institutions

March 2017

March 29 Spring into Action and Save on the May 2017 NIH Regional Seminar in New Orleans – Register by April 8 to Avoid Late Registration Rates!
March 24 Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products
March 17 NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
March 17 Interim Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements
March 2 Update and Clarification: NIH Continuous Submission Policy

February 2017

February 17 Update on Clinical Trial Funding Opportunity Announcement Policy
February 6 Impact of Washington, DC Area Federal Office Operating Status on NIH Grant Application Due Dates

January 2017

January 23 Notice of Clarification on the Publication of the Final Rule on the Federal Policy for the Protections of Human Subjects (Common Rule)
January 19 Notice of the Publication of the Final Rule on the Federal Policy for the Protections of Human Subjects (Common Rule)
January 19 Registration Open for the Spring 2017 NIH Regionals Seminar on Program Funding & Grant Administration – New Orleans, Louisiana
January 19 NIH Implementation of the Interim-RPPR while a Renewal Application is Under Consideration
January 13 Reminder: New Appendix policy for NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Applications submitted for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2017
January 11 Inauguration Day (January 20, 2017) Impact on NIH Grant Application Due Dates and Support
January 4 NIH & AHRQ Update Font Guidelines for Applications to Due Dates On or After January 25, 2017

December 2016 

December 21 Change to Standard Due Dates for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research (F31 - Diversity)
December 21 Notice of Change to PA-17-078 "Administrative Supplement for Research on Sex/Gender Influences (Admin Supp)"
December 16 Notice of Extension of Effective Date for Final NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research
December 15 New to the NIH Grants Process? NIH Announces 2017 NIH Regional Seminar Locations in New Orleans, LA and Baltimore, MD
December 15 Revised SF424 (R&R) Application Guides and Supplemental Instructions Available
December 15 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Postdoctoral Stipends, Training Related Expenses, Institutional Allowances and Tuition/Fees Effective FY17
December 8 Notice of Extension of the Response Date for NOT-OD-17-015 “Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing and Citation”
December 1 Reminder: Annual Reports to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare due January 31, 2017

November 2016 

November 23 NIH Implementation of Final Research Performance Progress Report (Final RPPR)
November 17 Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. November 2016) for FY 2017
November 7 Adjustments to Stipend Levels for Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows on Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)
November 4 Additional Awardees Eligible for PA-16-289”Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research (Admin Supplement)
November 4 Additional Awardees Eligible for PA-16-288”Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supplement)

October 2016 

October 25 Reports on Site Visits to the National Primate Research Centers and Federally Supported Chimpanzee Sanctuary
October 21 Notice of Extension of the Response Date for NOT-OD-17-006 Including Preprints and Interim Research Products in NIH Applications and Reports
October 18 Request for Information: Research Supplement to Promote Workforce Diversity in Small Businesses
October 14 Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy – Hurricane Matthew
October 7 NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
October 6 Request for information (RFI): Including Preprints and Interim Research Products in NIH Applications and Reports
October 6 Optional Electronic Submission Method to Request to Submit an Unsolicited Application that will exceed $500,000 in Direct Costs


September 2016

September 28 NIH Peer Review Online Briefings for Fellowship and R01 Grant Applicants, and Basic Research Grant Applicants and Reviewers
September 16 NIH Policy on the Dissemination of NIH-Funded Clinical Trial Information
September 16 Policy on Good Clinical Practice Training for NIH Awardees in NIH-funded Clinical Trials
September 16 Policy on Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for Clinical Trials
September 9 Notice of Correction to PA-16-309 “Ruth L. Kitschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31)”
September 8 Optional Electronic Method to Request Withdrawal of Applications from Consideration for Funding


August 2016
 

August 19 Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy – Flooding in Louisiana
August 12 Changes to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Policy on Post-Submission Materials for Applications Submitted for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2017
August 12 New Policy Eliminates Most Appendix Material for NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Applications Submitted for Due Dates On or after January 25, 2017
August 10 Revised: Projected FY 17 Stipend Levels for Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows on NRSA Awards
August 9 Notice of Extension of the Response Date for NOT-OD-16-128 “Request for Public Comment on the Proposed Changes to the NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research and the Proposed Scope of an NIH Steering Committee’s Consideration of Certain Human-Animal Chimera Research”
August 5 NIH Offers Assistance to Phase II HHS SBIR and STTR Awardees through the NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program
August 4 Request for Public Comment on the Proposed Changes to the NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research and the Proposed Scope of an NIH Steering Committee’s Consideration of Certain Human-Animal Chimera Research
August 2 Rescission of NOT-OD-16-088 “Notice of Intent to Release Names of NIH-Funded Research Project Personnel in the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools Expenditures and Results (REPORTER) System”
August 2 Notice of Change in Animal Welfare Assurance Numbering System


July 2016
 

July 29 Update: Availability of Resources for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research
July 26 Change of Eligibility Period in the NIH Continuous Submission Policy for Reviewers with Recent Substantial Service


June 2016
 

June 30 OMB Approval for SF424 R&R Forms Used Federal-wide Underway - Continue to Use Current Forms Until Further Notice
June 21 Additional Awardees Eligible for PA-16-288 “Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin sup)”
June 21 Scenarios to Illustrate the Use of Direct and Indirect Costs for Single IRB Review under the NIH Policy on the Use of Single IRB for Multi-Site Research
June 21 Final NIH Policy on the use of Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research
June 21 Modification of No-Cost Extension and Carryover of Funds Policies for the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)
June 13 Revised NIH Parental Leave Policy for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards 
June 10 Form Correction Made for All NIH Fellowship Opportunities
 


May 2016

May 26 NIH Research Involving Chimpanzees
May 17 Request for Information (RFI): Data Annotation in Biomedical Core Research Facilities and Related Needs for Community Education and Training
May 11 Request for Information on the Development of the FY 2018 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research
May 3 Notice of Intent to Release Names of NIH-Funded Research Project Personnel in the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) System


March 2016


February 2016

February 25 Requirement for the Appropriate Signatures on NIH Forms and Official Documentation
February 22 NIHs Implementation of the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) Requirements
February 19 Plan to Move to Updated Forms (FORMS-D) for Administrative Supplement, Successor-In-Interest and Change of Institution Opportunities
February 17 Reminder: All Subject Inventions Must Be Reported on the HHS 568 - Final Invention Statement and Certification (For Grant or Award) and in iEdison
February 12 Impact of Grant Application Form Update (FORMS-D) on Late and Continuous Submission Applications
February 11 NIH Policy on Informed Consent for Human Fetal Tissue Research
February 9 Registration Now Open for the Spring & Fall 2016 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding & Grants Administration


January 2016

January 28 Notice of Correction to Salary Limitation on NIH Grants, and Cooperative Agreements 
January 26 Revised: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2016 
January 25 Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy -- Winter Storm Jonas 
January 25 Streamlining the eRA Commons Registration Process 
January 22 Reminder: NIH & AHRQ Grant Application Changes for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2016
January 20 Change in eRA Commons Registration Process
January 20 Clarification: New Salary and Research Cost Allowances for K08 and K23 Career Development Awards
January 20 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2016
January 20 NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards - FY 2016
January 14 Notice of Correction to the Application Instructions for RFA-OD-16-003 "Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes: Patient Reported Outcomes Research Resource Center Core (ECHO PRO Core) (U24)"
January 12 Notice Clarifying SBIR Direct-to-Phase II Eligibility Criteria


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