Change in Timetable for Opportunity to Shorten the Review Cycle for New Investigator R01 Applications Reviewed in Study Sections Convened by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Notice Number: NOT-OD-11-057

Update: The following updates relating to this announcement have been issued:

  • April 17, 2014 - NIH and AHRQ Announce Updated Policy for Application Submission. See Notice NOT-OD-14-074.
  • February 6, 2014 - See Notice NOT-OD-14-050. Timetable for Next Round Resubmission of New Investigator R01 Applications Changed for October 2014 Council.
  • October 5, 2011 - See Notice NOT-OD-12-001. Update of NIH Late Application Policy to Reflect Change in Due Dates for New Investigator R01 Resubmission Applications.

Key Dates
Release Date: March 23, 2011
Effective Date:  June 5, 2011

Issued by
Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH) (http://www.nih.gov/)
Center for Scientific Review (CSR) (http://www.csr.nih.gov)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml)

Purpose

As part of the National Institutes of Health continuing commitment to New Investigators (http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/index.htm),  NIH has allowed New Investigators the option of submitting  resubmission (A1) applications for consecutive review cycles (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-07-083.html).  This provides quicker feedback on the initial peer review and potentially minimizes delays in the progression to funding.  Approximately 12% of the eligible New Investigators have used the option of next cycle submission since 2006. 

Subsequent to the establishment of this option NIH implemented a limitation of a single resubmission for all applications (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-003.html).  To give New Investigators who wish to use the consecutive review cycle option more time to prepare their resubmission (A1) application, NIH is changing the schedule for release of summary statements for the initial R01 (A0) applications and the due date for the next cycle resubmission.   The new schedule will begin for initial R01 (A0) applications submitted for the June 5, 2011 due date and reviewed in the fall 2011 Study Section meetings.  The recurring Study Sections for the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will meet on a schedule to allow consecutive cycle resubmissions.

  • Study Sections participating will schedule meetings so that New Investigators receive a summary statement no later than March 10, July 10, or November 10.
  • The summary statements for qualifying applications will have an explicit note indicating eligibility for next cycle submission. 
  • Resubmission applications for consideration at the next cycle must be successfully submitted by April 10, August 10, or December 10.
  • New Investigators who do not choose the next cycle option will use the standard resubmission dates for subsequent cycle submission (March 5, July 5, or November 5).

Due date for New R01 (A0) application

Study Section Meeting Window

Summary Statement Release

Due Date for Next Round Resubmission (A1) 

February 5

May/June/July

July 10

August 10

June 5

Sept/Oct/Nov

November 10

December 10

October 5

Jan/Feb/March

March 10

April 10


Study Sections in the CSR AIDS and AIDS Related Research (AARR) Integrated Review Group already conduct reviews and produce summary statements on a schedule that allows consecutive cycle submission for New Investigator R01 applications. 

Note that R01 applications submitted by New Investigators in response to RFAs and PARs with special due dates are not eligible for this option.  The next cycle resubmission option only applies to R01 applications submitted by New Investigators for the standard due dates (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm). 

New Investigators are encouraged to consult with officials at their institution and the NIH Program Director assigned to their application (identified on the summary statement) in making the decision on whether to utilize this option.

Inquiries

For further information please contact:

Division of Receipt and Referral
Center for Scientific Review
301-435-0715; 301-480-1987 (fax)

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