In a move that will reverberate through the NIH extramural community, the NIH announced Friday afternoon how they intend to deal with the massive number of grant applications that were submitted in the days before and during the 16-day government shutdown.
The "highlights" of the NIH plan include:
• October grant application deadlines have been postponed until November.
• Applications that were reviewed before the government shutdown will go to the January 2014 council.
• Many of the research grant review meetings originally scheduled to take place during the shutdown will be rescheduled for the January / February time period.
• Applications reviewed in January or February of next year will be reassigned to the May 2014 council round.
Details of the NIH plan can be found here.