With the major November NIH deadlines about to pass us by, many will turn their attention to their 2017 submissions. As you pursue your application strategies, chances are you’re considering the use of an appendix to bolster your argument for funding. Proceed with caution: the appendix rules for 2017 are not what they once were.
The only allowable appendix materials in 2017 are:
- Blank informed consent/assent forms
- Blank surveys, questionnaires, data collection instruments
- Funding opportunity announcement-specified items
Clinical trial applications may also include clinical trial protocols and/or investigator’s brochures from Investigational New Drug (IND), as appropriate.
Note that the revision of allowable appendix material has significantly reduced inclusion potential. If you weren’t sure before whether you could submit that manuscript, good news: under the new rules, you definitely cannot! No manuscripts allowed!
This announcement was made via NOT in August (check out the full text of NOT-OD-129). The penalties for submitting out-of-bounds material is withdrawal and non-review. Ouch. If you have questions about what this change means, or how it may affect your application, give us a shout and we’ll help you talk through it.