NIH simplifies the process for late applications

The National Institutes of Health has updated and simplified its policy on submitting late applications, beginning with applications due January 25, 2015 or later. They have added a two week window after the due date during which a request to accept a late application may be considered, and they have eliminated the previous practice of assigning different late application windows to different funding mechanisms, or in some cases, not allowing them at all. Now, all applications will have the same two-week window. Note that the reasons for accepting a late application include things like a death in the family, severe illness, natural disasters, or adhoc service to NIH in the two months before or after the deadline. Lots of teaching or administrative duties, failure to follow instructions, or your hard drive dying–not so much. Read the full policy here.