As NIH employees return to work and try to sort out the mess – an unnatural disaster of unprecedented proportions – please be patient and sit on your hands rather than email or call your PO/SRO. Instead, please watch for Notices in the NIH Guide. Your PO/SRO will not know before these are issued how delayed application submissions or missed study sections will be handled. Truly. They cannot answer questions about what happens to applications waiting for submission or waiting for review or waiting for funding decisions and will not know the NIH plan for addressing all this until about the same time that the Notice is ready for release.
They all have hundreds if not thousands of backlogged messages to sort through, so please also be patient even if your question is about an FOA for which you are developing an application or other general queries.
Update: I will just paste in the text of the first Notice on Interim Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities …
NIH is working to reestablish dates for grant and contract submissions, determine how to handle missed review meetings, and reschedule dates for training and other activities that were scheduled to occur during and immediately following the period of the government shutdown.
As of today, we can confirm that we will be rescheduling all October grant application submission deadlines to the November timeframe (specific dates to be announced in a future Notice). By delaying due dates that occurred both during the lapse in funding and in the week following, applicants will have access to NIH staff and the help desks as they develop their applications.
Peer review meetings that were due to be held between October 1 and October 17 have been cancelled and are being rescheduled.
We expect the eRA Commons will be available for public access on Monday, October 21.
NIH will provide additional information, including a Notice on NIH operations during a continuing resolution, as soon as it is available.