The National Institutes of Health and other agencies have issued a statement seeking public comment on their proposal to eliminate the error correction window from the electronic grant application submission process. NIH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that the temporary error correction window was established in December 2005 — shortly after paper grant applications began to be replaced by electronic ones — to ensure a smooth transition for applicants. The correction window was meant only to allow researchers to correct any errors detected by the NIH's eRA systems. At the time, the systems took several days to process applications. It now takes only a matter of minutes.
"Eliminating the error correction window will allow NIH to enforce a fair and consistent submission deadline for all applicants," the statement reads. "In addition, eliminating the error correction window will help NIH reduce the time needed to process applications and forward them through the peer review process."
NIH notes that elimination of the error correction window "will not affect an applicant's ability to submit late applications under the existing NIH Policy on Late Submission of Grant Applications or for those who have provided substantial review service to NIH to take advantage of NIH's continuous submission policy."
All comments must be received by April 19.