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NIH appendices rules 2017, update

Effective January 25, 2017, the NIH appendix policy eliminates most items that investigators previously included in the application appendix. For current and future grant submissions please be sure that application appendices are consistent with the items identified in NOT-OD-16-129 (

Applications will be withdrawn and not reviewed if they are submitted with inappropriate appendix materials.

In short, the only allowable appendix materials are:

For applications proposing clinical trials (unless the FOA provides other instructions for these materials):

  • Clinical trial protocols
  • Investigator’s brochure from Investigational New Drug (IND), as appropriate

For all applications:

  • Blank informed consent/assent form;
  • Blank surveys, questionnaires, data collection instruments;
  • FOA-specified items. (NOTE: If appendix materials are required in the FOA, review criteria for that FOA will address those materials, and applications submitted without those appendix materials will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.)

faq link:


nih era commons interim RPPR- new product for 2017

here is the scenario of how the Interim RPPR will be used.(They are RPPR’s that you file when you are planning a competing renewal)

If you opt NOT to apply for Competing Renewal, complete the Final RPPR as you normally would within 120 days of the project end date.

If you are going to complete a Competing Renewal application (or have already submitted such an application), you will submit an Interim RPPR. This must be submitted within 120 days of the project end date.

NIH policy on effort adjustments during no cost extension periods

During a NCE, is there a minimum effort requirement for key personnel named in the NOA, other than the PI?

The short answer is “NO”

With the exception of grant programs that have an effort requirement, or where terms and conditions prohibit such reductions, NIH will not require prior approval for the reduction in effort for Senior/key personnel named in the Notice of Award (NoA) during a no-cost extension. However, consistent with the NIH Grants Policy Statement Chapter, recipients are reminded that for active NIH awards, the PD/PI and other Senior/key personnel named in the NoA must devote a measurable level of effort.