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COVID-19 Guidance for Proposal Submission

OSP will continue to update this page as we receive information from sponsors.

Last updated: March 19, 2020

OSP will accept the following as “signatures” on the Proposal Summary Approval Forms and budgets (PSAF)

  • scanned ink signatures.
  • scanned electronic signatures.
  • an email from the PI and Co-PI, the Chair and the Dean stating, “This email serves as my signature/approval for the attached PSAF Form.”

Contact :

Please email npetrovic@ric.edu with any questions or concerns. 

Issued: March 17, 2020

Inquiries: https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2020/03/13/covid-19-resources-for-applicants-and-recipients-of-nih-funding/
Subject: NIH Update, COVID-19 Flexibilities for Applicants & Recipients of NIH Funding
Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
General information and inquiries

Guidance for NIH-Funded Clinical Trials and Human Subjects Studies Affected by COVID-19

For details on expanded flexibilities, such as mid-project period extensions and administrative supplements for
unanticipated costs, see NOT-OD-20-087
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NIH Late Application Policy, Administrative Flexibilities, and FAQs Related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

When delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed or unable to submit grant
applications due to the effects of COVID-19, the NIH will consider accepting applications late, on a case-by-case basis.
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Flexibilities for Assured Institutions for Activities of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) Due to COVID-19

See NOT-OD-20-088 for flexibilities provided in the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy) that are applicable to implementing a pandemic plan for animal care and use programs. 
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Issued: March 10, 2020

Inquiries: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-082.html?utm_source=dlvr.it
Subject: Delayed Grant Applications
Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Per NIH 
NOT-OD-20-082:
When delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed or unable to submit grant applications due to the effects of COVID-19, the NIH will consider accepting applications late, on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with the NIH Grants Policy Statement, Section 2.3.9, under the following circumstances:

  • Institutions must submit applications or reports as soon as possible after reopening or resuming operations so that grant applications can be submitted, not to exceed the number of days the institution was officially closed or unable to submit grant applications.
  • Institutions must submit a cover letter with the applications with enough detail about the delay so that NIH staff can make a determination whether circumstances justify accepting the application late.
  • Institutions need not request advance permission to submit late due to this declared emergency.

Issued: March 9, 2020

Inquiries: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-082.html?utm_source=dlvr.it
Subject: Late Applications May be Accepted on Case by Case Basis
Agency: NIH

Per NIH 
NOT-OD-20-83:
The NIH will consider accepting applications late, on a case-by-case basis. Recipients must submit a cover letter with the application, outlining the fact that the institution is closed due to effects of COVID19 so that NIH staff can document the delay. Recipients do not need to request advance permission to submit late due to a public health emergency-related delay.

Issued: March 4, 2020

Inquiries: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20053/nsf20053.pdf
Subject: Inability to Meet NSF Submission Deadlines
Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Researchers or sponsored projects office staff from organizations that have been affected and are unable to meet stated NSF deadlines should contact the cognizant NSF program office to discuss the issue. NSF will consider extensions to the submission deadline on a case-by-case basis (and, in a few cases, on a program-by-program basis), understanding that it may be particularly difficult for individuals impacted to contact NSF. See NSF PAPPG Chapter I.F for additional information on procedures for submitting such requests.

Page last updated: March 25, 2020