AHRQ issued Notice NOT-HS-22-025 to inform the research community that AHRQ will implement the following Policy, as described below, to those affected by Hurricane Ian. AHRQ realizes that the widespread damage caused by Hurricane/Tropical-Storm Ian and aftermath may lead to problems for investigators who are planning on submitting grant applications and reports. When delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed due to a natural disaster or other emergency, AHRQ will consider accepting applications late, on a case-by-case basis.
- Institutions must submit applications or reports as soon as possible after reopening, not to exceed the number of days the institution was officially closed
- Institutions must submit a cover letter with the application, with enough detail about the delay so that AHRQ staff can make a determination whether circumstances justify accepting the application late
- Institutions do not need to request advance permission to submit late due to a disaster-related delay