With the elimination of the five-day grace period for Reference Forms (F) and Reference letters (K) in support of fellowship and career development applications, do my referees have to submit their Reference Forms (F) or letters (K) before the receipt date for the application?

Yes. An application that does not have the minimum of three Reference Forms (F) or letters (K) in the eRA Commons on the due date will be considered incomplete and not reviewed.

If an F or K applicant/candidate obtains notice of a grant award after the fellowship or career development application is submitted, can the applicant/candidate notify the Scientific Review Officer (SRO) and may the SRO accept that information as post-submission material?

Yes. The applicant/candidate may notify the SRO that the notice of grant award was received, and the SRO may accept that information, but it must adhere to the one-page limit for transmitting that information. However, note that for certain mechanisms, receipt of another NIH award, e.g., as a PD/PI on an R03, renders the applicant/candidate no longer eligible for the fellowship or award, and the application would be withdrawn.

If a mentor/sponsor for a fellowship or career development candidate obtains notice of a grant award after the fellowship or career development application is submitted, can the mentor/sponsor notify the Scientific Review Officer (SRO) and may the SRO accept that information as post-submission material?

Yes. The mentor/sponsor may notify the SRO that the notice of grant award was received, and the SRO may accept that information, but it must adhere to the one-page limit for transmitting that information.