“JIT” or “Just-in-Time” refers to a timeframe within the application process, wherein a sponsor requests additional information from applicants. Automated JIT requests are sent after peer review for those applications scoring 30 or less.
Departments should use discretion in choosing when to complete and submit JITs for those applications most likely to result in an award, based on the specific NIH Institute or Center’s (IC) current payline. OSP recommends that department administrators, after consultation with their PIs, only pursue JIT submission when a score falls within or near the agency-specific previous fiscal year’s funded paylines.
NIH recommends holding the submission of JIT material until 60 to 90 days prior to the award anticipated start date. This recommendation is based upon NIH’s understanding of the time needed to receive IRB/IACUC approval (as applicable) and the fact that Other Support for key personnel can (and most likely will) change between the time the JIT link becomes available in Commons and the time NIH begins the JIT review, which, in most cases, is 45 to 60 days prior to the start date.
For more information please visit the JIT page of the OSP website.