NIH has recently sent out a reminder on their policy on application compliance (NOT-OD-15-095). NIH may withdraw any application identified during the receipt, referral and review process that is not compliant with the instruction in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, the Funding Opportunity Announcement, and relevant NIH Guide Notices. Please be mindful that non-compliance can have serious consequences.
Some examples of how this policy is applied to NIH applications include but are not limited to:
- Applications containing one or more biosketches that do not conform to the required format may be withdrawn (NOT-OD-15-032).
- Applications that do not conform to the page limit requirements because inappropriate materials have been included in other parts of the application may be withdrawn (NOT-OD-11-080).
- Applications submitted as new but containing elements of a resubmission or renewal application are noncompliant with the resubmission policy and may be withdrawn (NOT-OD-15-059).
- Applications submitted after 5 PM local (applicant organization) time on the application due date may be withdrawn (NOT-OD-15-039).
To expedite the submission process, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) is asking PI’s to be cognizant of what elements are required and ensure they are all included in the proposal prior to the internal review. SPO will also be reviewing proposals to make sure all required documents are included and are compliant with guidelines.