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An Early Look at Applications Submitted During the Pandemic
In a July Open Mikepost, Michael Lauer, MD, NIH deputy director for extramural research, discussed the pandemic’s effects on non-COVID research and the research workforce. To understand early effects, NIH analyzed the number of incoming new and competing renewal research grant applications received between May 1 and June 5 in 2017 – 2020.
The number of applications received was 10% higher than the same time last year.
Over the 4 years, the proportion of applications in which PIs were only women remained stable, while the proportion designating only male PIs was slightly lower.
For all years, over 90% of applications were new.
Guidance for NIH Applicants Preparing Applications for Fall 2020 Due Dates During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Do not include contingency plans (i.e., outlining steps needed to recover from COVID-19-related emergency situations or institutional return-to-the-workplace plans) in NIH grant applications. If necessary, NIH staff will request and consider COVID-19 contingency plans before funding.
NIH grant reviewers will continue to be instructed to:
disregard situations due to COVID-19 (e.g., temporary declines in productivity, availability of key personnel, proposed patient populations, animal facility shutdowns);
assume temporary, emergency problems arising from COVID-19 will be resolved; and
remember complications related to COVID-19 should not affect application scores.
NIH Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19
Check out the new webpage dedicated to listing active (and expired) NIH funding opportunities specific to COVID-19.
NIH COVID-19 Research Grant Funding
Use this link to explore NIH COVID-19-related grant funding. Grant data are updated each weekend.
COVID-19 Resources for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding
Check out NIH's COVID-19: Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding webpage for new resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic. NIH is also tweeting from @NIHgrants as updates are posted.