All United States Postal Service (USPS) mail addressed to the National Institutes of Health must use the unique NIH zip code 20892. All USPS mail addressed to the National Library of Medicine should use the unique NLM zip code of 20894. All mail using 20892 and 20894 zip codes will be cleared through the NIH North Stonestreet Mail Facility. This will ensure that special procedures and precautions will be used to screen the mail before it is delivered to the various NIH offices on and off campus. This is an important measure to provide for the safety of all individuals who must handle mail.
This procedure does not apply to commercial courier deliveries (i.e. FEDEX, UPS, DHL, etc.) of grant applications addressed to the Center for Scientific Review. The zip code for these deliveries is 20817. All applications and other deliveries to the Center for Scientific Review must either come via courier delivery or the USPS.
NIH WILL NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS DELIVERED BY INDIVIDUALS TO THE CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC REVIEW. This restriction does not apply to USPS or courier delivery personnel.
Mail addressed to NIEHS in North Carolina should continue to show zip code 27709.
The NIH maintains application and grant records as part of a system of records as defined by the Privacy Act: NIH 09-25-0036, Extramural Awards and Chartered Advisory Committees (IMPAC 2), Contract Information (DCIS), and Cooperative Agreement Information, HHS/NIH: http://oma.od.nih.gov/ms/privacy/pa-files/0036.htm.
4.4 Information Available to the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s)
Under the provisions of the Privacy Act, PD/PIs may request copies of records pertaining to their grant applications from the PHS component responsible for funding decisions. PD/PIs are given the opportunity under established procedures to request that the records be amended if they believe they are inaccurate, untimely, incomplete, or irrelevant. If the PHS concurs, the records will be amended.
PHS makes information about grant awards available to the public, including the title of the project, the grantee institution, the PD/PI, and the amount of the award. The description on Form Page 2 of a funded research grant application is sent to the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), U.S. Department of Commerce, where the information is available to the public and used for the dissemination of scientific information and for scientific classification and program analysis purposes. In addition, NIH routinely places information about awarded grants, including project title, name of the PD/PI, and project description (abstract) in the RePORT system.
Freedom of Information Act Requirements
The Freedom of Information Act and implementing DHHS regulations (45 CFR part 5) require the release of certain grant documents and records when requested by the public, regardless of the intended use of the information. These policies and regulations apply to information in the possession of NIH and generally do not require grantees to permit access to their records except as described in 4.6 Access to Research Data, below. Generally available for release upon request are: all funded grant applications and progress reports including their derivative funded non-competing supplemental grant progress reports; pending and funded non-competing continuation progress reports; progress reports of grantees; and final reports of any review or evaluation of grantee performance conducted or caused to be conducted by the DHHS. Generally not available for release to the public are: competing grant progress reports (new, Renewal, and Revision) for which awards have not been made; evaluative portions of site visit reports; and summary statements of findings and recommendations of review groups. Trade secrets and commercial, financial, or otherwise proprietary information may be withheld from disclosure. Information, which, if disclosed, would be a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, may also be withheld from disclosure. Although the grantee institution and the principal investigator will be consulted about any such release, the PHS will make the final determination. If a requested document contains both disclosable and nondisclosable information, the nondisclosable information will be deleted and the balance of the document will be released.
4.6 Access to Research Data
As required by regulation 45 CFR 74.36, grantees that are institutions of higher education, hospitals, or non-profit organizations must release “research data” first produced in a project supported in whole or in part with Federal funds if they are cited publicly and officially by a Federal agency in support of an action that has the force and effect of law (i.e., regulations and administrative orders). The term “research data” is defined as the recorded factual material commonly accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings. It does not include preliminary analyses; drafts of scientific papers; plans for future research; peer reviews; communications with colleagues; physical objects (e.g., laboratory samples, audio or video tapes); trade secrets; commercial information; materials necessary to be held confidential by a researcher until publication in a peer-reviewed journal; information that is protected under the law (e.g., intellectual property); personnel and medical files and similar files, the disclosure of which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy; or information that could be used to identify a particular person in a research study.
This requirement to release research data does not apply to commercial organizations or to research data produced by state or local governments. However, if a state or local governmental grantee contracts with an educational institution, hospital or non-profit organization, and the contract results in covered research data, those data are subject to these disclosure requirements. See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/data_sharing/index.htm.