NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2011

Notice Number: NOT-OD-11-068

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

Key Dates
Release Date: April 25, 2011

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Purpose

This Notice provides guidance about the NIH Fiscal Operations Plan for FY 2011 and implements the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-10).    The Act provides NIH with $30.9 billion or nearly 1 percent less than the total FY 2010 budget authority level of $31.2 billion. The NIH will continue to manage its portfolio in biomedical research investments in a manner similar to that described in the FY 2010 Fiscal Policy Notice (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-039.html). This includes continuing to address the need for a highly productive pool of researchers by providing support for new investigators.

The following NIH fiscal policies are instituted in FY 2011:
 
Non-Competing Research Awards for All NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) Except the National Cancer Institute (NCI):  The FY 2011 appropriation level specified in P.L. 112-10 reduces funding from FY 2010 levels and thus warrants reductions in commitment levels for NIH research grants.   Modular and non-modular research grants, from all ICs, with the single exception of NCI, will be reduced to 1 percent below the FY 2010 award level.  Inflationary adjustments for recurring costs on non-competing research grants in FY 2012 and beyond will be set at the 2 percent level, calculated based on the adjusted FY 2011 level.   This policy does not apply to projects supported by Career Awards, SBIR/STTRs, and Ruth L. Kirschstein-National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowships & Institutional Training Grants.  Awards that have already been made in FY 2011 which are impacted by this policy may be revised.  

 Non-Competing Research Awards for NCI:   For NCI, modular and non-modular research grants will be reduced to 3 percent below the FY 2010 award level.  Inflationary adjustments for recurring costs on non-competing research grants in FY 2012 and beyond will be set at the 2 percent level, calculated based on the adjusted FY 2011 level.  This policy does not apply to projects supported by Career Awards, SBIR/STTRs, and Ruth L. Kirschstein-National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowships & Institutional Training Grants. Awards that have already been made in FY 2011 which are impacted by this policy may be revised.  

Competing Research Awards: Each NIH Institute and Center (IC) will manage its competing portfolio using funds that have not been committed for non-competing awards. It is estimated this will allow ICs to support the NIH investigator pool with approximately 9,050 new and competing Research Project Grants (RPGs).  Each IC will establish fiscal policies consistent with these NIH-wide policies according to its specific scientific and programmatic imperatives.  Consistent with the policy for non-competing awards, future inflationary adjustments for recurring costs on competing research grants will be provided at 2 percent.  Awards that have already been made in FY 2011 which are affected by this policy may be revised in accordance with the guidelines in this Notice.  

New Investigators:   NIH will continue to support new investigators on R01 equivalent awards at success rates equivalent to that of established investigators submitting new R01 equivalent applications.  Achievement of comparable success rates should permit the NIH to support new investigators in accordance with the policies established in FY 2009 and FY 2010 and described at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-013.html and at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-039.html.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA):  The NIH will implement a 2 percent increase at all stipend levels.  Further information about the NRSA program in FY 2011 is available at NOT-OD-11-067       

Additional Information:   Additional details on Fiscal Operations, including specific funding strategies for ICs will be posted at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/financial/index.htm

Inquiries

Questions about specific awards may be directed to the Grants Management Specialist identified in the Notice of Award.


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