Fy19 funding levels will generally be issued at the commitment level on notice of award, NRSA stipends will increase by ~2%, meritorious ESI R01 equivalent applications will be prioritized, salary limits are set at Exec. Level II ($189,600). See NOT-OD-19-031
Input is sought on the draft report and proposed recommendations to reduce the administrative burden associated with research activities with laboratory animals while maintaining protections and scientific integrity. (NOT-OD-19-028) The draft is available at https://olaw.nih.gov/sites/default/files/21CCA_draft_report.pdf.
As of January 2019, NIH is shifting its approach to the use of the R15 activity code. The name, AREA, will be reserved for grants to undergraduate-focused institutions that do not receive substantial funding from NIH. NIH will also offer R15 opportunities to support graduate schools of arts and sciences and health professional schools. We will be calling this the Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP).