In a month of unprecedence, the NIH today reversed its original decision to cancel most of the 200+ fall peer review meetings that were missed due to the government shutdown and push the 11,000+ applications to the spring study sections for consideration at May Council.
Instead, per today’s Notice of Revised Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities Following the Recent Lapse in Appropriations:
Most NIH peer review meetings that occurred during or immediately following the government shutdown will be rescheduled so that as many applications as possible are able to be considered at January 2014 Council meetings.
As this is an unprecedented situation where the review meetings are being rescheduled under tight time frames, scheduling complexities may prevent the evaluation of the full complement of applications for this round. Thus, while it is thought to be a small number, there may be some applications that cannot be reviewed in time for the January 2014 Advisory Council. These applications will be reassigned to the May 2014 Advisory Council and both the principal investigator and the signing official listed on the grant application will receive an email notification alerting them to the change during the week of November 4, 2013. NIH will also adjust the meeting dates listed in the eRA Commons for these refresh-eligible applications to 09/09/9999 so the applications can be easily identified.
Should your application fall among this unfortunate small number,
Applications reassigned to the May 2014 Advisory Council will proceed to initial peer review in February/March 2014 without any action from the applicant. However, NIH is giving these applicants the option of withdrawing and submitting a refreshed application. If you choose to refresh your application, follow the steps below carefully:
Withdraw the existing application by November 15.
Submit the refreshed application to the original funding opportunity announcement (FOA), if possible. If that FOA has closed, submit to the appropriate parent announcement. If there is no parent announcement for that activity code, send an e-mail to email@example.com with the previous FOA number and we will work with you to get the application submitted.
Submit a cover letter with the refreshed application. Indicate that you are refreshing your application for the May 2014 council round, include the previous application number, and provide the previous study section assignment. Applicants are welcome to use the email notification they received from NIH as the cover letter.
Make the refreshed application a “new”, “resubmission” or “renewal” to match the withdrawn application.
All refreshed applications are due by December 11, 2013. No late applications will be accepted for this special receipt date.
Only applicants who are reassigned to May 2014 Advisory Council round, and who are notified by NIH of their eligibility to refresh an application, may submit for the December 11 deadline. Any other applications for this deadline will not be reviewed. As always, other applications that are rescheduled for review this round may be withdrawn for any reason, as per our usual process, and submitted for the next standard deadline.
The Notice repeats information on revised submisson dates for applications with October receipt dates and other details that have not been changed since last Friday’s guidance was released, though there is a separate Notice about the final K99/R00 program resubmission date.