August 12, 2016

NIH Changing Allowed Appendix and Post-Submission Application Material

The National Institutes of Health issued two NIH Guide notices related to changes in materials allowed for applications submitted on or after January 25, 2017.

New Policy Eliminates Most Appendix Material for NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Applications Submitted for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2017 (NOT-OD-16-129)
This Notice alerts the scientific research community of plans to eliminate most appendix materials for applications submitted to the NIH, AHRQ or NIOSH for due dates on or after January 25, 2017. Application instructions will be updated by November 25, 2016 to reflect this change.
 The Notice also clarifies:
  • Status of appendix materials in peer review
  •  Allowable appendix materials
  •  Consequences for submitting disallowed appendix materials

Changes to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Policy on Post-Submission Materials for Applications Submitted for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2017 (NOT-OD-16-130)
This Notice simplifies and consolidates current NIH and AHRQ policy concerning post-submission materials, and extends this policy to NIOSH. Post-submission application materials are those submitted after submission of the grant application but prior to the initial peer review. The policy is based on the principle that, for the majority of applications, the only post-submission materials that these agencies will accept are those resulting from an unforeseen event. The policy on post-submission application materials is not intended to correct oversights/errors discovered after submission of the application.