Final NIH Policy on Reporting Preprints in Grant Applications and Progress Reports
Date: March 30, 2017
On March 24, NIH issued a Notice stating that the agency will allow investigators to report preprints and other interim research products in grant applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted on or after May 25, 2017. Highlights include: citation format, attribution, and repositories. The Notice also included a brief summary of the responses to the Request for Information issued in October 2016. Although NIH will be allowing the use of preprints and interim research products in grant applications and progress reports, several concerns raised in FASEB’s comments, such as the need for applicants/awardees to clearly denote preprints/interim research products as having not undergone peer review or the use of preprints/interim research products to get around application/reporting page limits, were included in the final policy.