nihThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new policy change April 17 that will allow researchers to resubmit as new a proposal that has already been reviewed and rejected for funding.

The policy revises a 2009 decision that permitted applicants only one opportunity to revise and resubmit a research grant proposal that was rejected on the first try. Under the new policy, a rejected application can be subsequently resubmitted as a new application.

Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH deputy director for extramural research noted in her blog that the community expressed concerns this policy, coupled with the reduced NIH budget, was leading to “many meritorious research ideas being deemed ineligible for resubmission.”

The policy change is effective immediately and also applies to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. More information is posted on the NIH website.