NIA will continue to support new investigators and to maintain an adequate number of competing RPGs. NIA is providing a 2 percent inflationary increase for non-competing and competing grants. In addition, the NIA has targeted a portion of the funds available for competing research project grants to support high priority projects outside of the payline, including awards to new investigators, and early stage investigators. The Institute also seeks to maintain a balance between solicitations issued to the extramural community in areas that need stimulation and funding made available to support investigator-initiated projects. Intramural Research and Research Management and Support receive modest increases to help offset the cost of pay and other increases.