COVID-19 latest NIH updates

Policy Updates:

NIH will be highly accommodating of late applications submitted through May 1, 2020. Therefore, all grant applications submitted late for due dates between March 9, 2020, and May 1, 2020, will be accepted through May 1, 2020.

This notice applies to all relevant funding opportunity announcements, including those that indicate no late applications will be accepted. Institutions need not request advance permission to submit late due to this declared emergency and a cover letter providing a justification is not required.

For Funding Opportunity Announcements that expire prior to May 1, 2020, NIH will extend the expiration date for 90 days to accommodate the submission of late applications and will be adjusted to allow NIH to receive applications.

  • Reference Letters for Fellowships and Career Development Award applications submitted during this interval will also be accepted through May 1, 2020.
  • Non-AIDS applications eligible for continuous submission (NOT-OD-20-060) will also be accepted through May 1, 2020.
  • Some Institute/Center (IC)-reviewed FOAs with due dates during this time may be able to accept applications beyond the May 1, 2020 deadline. However, applicants must contact the IC first, to confirm that a later deadline is possible.

Due dates after May 1 (including the May 7, 2020, AIDS and AIDS-Related Research due dates) will remain as posted and follow usual late application policies.

Funding Opportunites: 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) intends to publish a new funding opportunity announcement using the R01 mechanism to support novel, high-impact studies evaluating health system and healthcare professional responsiveness to COVID-19.  This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop responsive applications.

The health systems research community should prepare to submit applications to AHRQ to fund critical research focused on evaluating topics such as innovations and challenges encountered in the rapid expansion of telemedicine in response to COVID-19, effects on quality, safety, and value of health system response to COVID-19, and the role of primary care practices and professionals during the COVID-19 epidemic.  AHRQ is particularly interested in understanding how digital health innovations contributed to health system and healthcare professional innovation and challenges and solutions to meeting the needs of vulnerable populations including older adults, people living with multiple chronic conditions, rural communities, and uninsured and underinsured populations. AHRQ will encourage multimethod, rapid-cycle research with the ability to produce and disseminate findings as early as 6 months. AHRQ expects to invest up to $5M in FY2020 funds to support this initiative and potentially more pending supplemental funding.  AHRQ is working to publish the FOA in early May 2020 with submissions due in June 2020.