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NIH Issues Guidance on the Resumption of Extramural Activities Following the Shutdown

October 25, 2013—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Oct. 18 and Oct. 22 issued announcements on its plans to recover from disruptions caused by the recent 15-day government shutdown.  The announcement included new application submission dates for various deadlines that were originally scheduled in October.  Most notably, the Oct. 5 deadline for the submission of new R01 applications was moved to Nov. 12.  The NIH Loan Repayment Program application deadline was extended from Nov. 15 to Dec. 2.

During the shutdown, more than 200 initial peer review group meetings were cancelled, affecting more than 11,000 applications.  NIH on Oct. 18 announced a plan for the review of the applications that were affected.  The plan would have led to these applications, in most cases, not being subject to council review until May 2014, rather than at the planned January council meetings.  Many applicants, especially those with no additional funding, voiced concern about the delay.

As a result, NIH on Oct. 22 announced a revised review schedule.  NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Sally Rockey, Ph.D., wrote, “In light of this feedback, our review staff have risen to the challenge, and will be working with reviewers to go the extra mile in exceptionally creative ways to reschedule as many of the 200+ missed October review meetings as possible.”

Under the Oct. 22 announcement, most applications affected by the shutdown can be considered at January 2014 council meetings.  The Oct. 22 announcement supersedes the October 18 announcement.


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