NIH grant applications should not include contingency plans outlining “steps needed to recover from temporary, emergency situations, or institutional return-to-the-workplace plans, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic”. Such contingency plans will not be reviewed during the peer review process. If necessary, NIH staff will review the requested COVID-19 contingency plans carefully before funding.
Temporary, emergency situations due to the COVID-19 Pandemic will not affect review scores. Example situations include, but are not limited to:
- Temporary declines in productivity
- Availability of key personnel
- Proposed patient populations
- Animal facility shutdowns
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