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NIH Accepting Wildfire-Delayed Grant Applications

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institutes of Health said in a notice on Friday that it will accept late grant applications from researchers who have been affected by the recent wildfires in southern California.
NIH said in the notice that paper and electronic applications submitted late due to wildfires should include a cover letter “noting the reasons for the delay."
Applicants will not require permission in advance for fire-delayed applications, but NIH said delays should not exceed the period of time that an institution is closed or an evacuation order is in effect.

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