NIH Plans to Eliminate Error-Correction Window

within the next year, along with AHRQ and the CDC, according to a notice seeking input on this proposed change.

The rationale:

Eliminating the error correction window will allow NIH to enforce a fair and consistent submission deadline for all applicants. In addition, eliminating the error correction window will help NIH reduce the time needed to process applications and forward them through the peer review process.

They also note that “applications now tak[e] minutes to process through both systems [Grants.gov and eRA] on average instead of days” and that safeguards remain in place for systems problems that might interfere with on-time submission/error-checking.

You can submit comments on the impact of such a change as well as any preference on timing (in the next 3-6 months, in a year, or later).

3 Comments »

  1. Awesome. Now NIH will let you submit your materials late only if you’re on the eastern seaboard (preferably the mid-atlantic) and there’s a really severe weather event, such as a hard frost. It is a great relief to know that they are committed to fairness and consistency.

  2. BB said

    The Dept of VA uses the NIH system for grant apps. In its infinite wisdom, the VA releases pertinent grant info up until the grant deadline. We at the VA need that window.

  3. PY said

    “In addition, eliminating the error correction window will help NIH reduce the time needed to process applications and forward them through the peer review process.”

    Ha-ha. Now I understand why the NIH process is so slow: it’s the error correction window!

    So now we’ll go from 6mo to 6mo-3days?

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