The National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have announced a change to their policy regarding resubmission of unfunded research grant proposals.
Since 2009, NIH and AHRQ policy has limited unsuccessful proposals to one resubmission. If a resubmission was also not funded, investigators were required to substantially change the content and scope of their project in order to submit it as a new proposal.
The latest change, announced today on the NIH website, allows unsuccessful resubmissions to be presented as new applications without a redesign of the project’s content and scope. While applicants are encouraged to take advantage of previous reviewers’ comments and suggestions, they will not be required to specifically address them in the proposal.
For more information on this new policy, check out today’s blog post by Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH’s deputy director for extramural research.