Major changes by budget mechanism and/or budget activity detail are briefly described below. Note that there may be overlap between budget mechanism and activity detail and these highlights will not sum to the total change for the FY 2011 budget request for NIA, which is $32.537 million more than the FY 2010 Estimate, for a total of $1,142.337 million.
Research Project Grants (RPGs; +$15.602 million; total $754.959 million): NIA will continue to maintain the number of competing RPGs at nearly the same number as FY 2010. NIA will award a total of 1,340 RPGs, a decrease of 85 from FY 2010, to reflect expiring grants.
Research and Development Contracts (+$6.229 million; total $75.959 million): NIA funding for R&D Contracts will support several trans-NIH initiatives, such as the Therapies for Rare and Neglected Diseases program (TRND), the Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Opportunity Network (OppNet), and support for a new synchrotron at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, as well as increased support for other HHS agencies through the program evaluation set-aside. A total of $0.429 million will be used to support NIA specific research priorities, including exploiting opportunities for follow-on research to existing NIA research studies, including studies of cognition and memory in older Americans.
Intramural Research (+$3.6 million; total $116.101 million): NIH will allocate additional funds to Intramural Research to help cover the costs of pay and other increases. NIA will work to identify areas of potential savings within the Intramural Research Program that will allow the institute to continue to achieve its program goals and accomplishments.
Research Management and Support (+$2.051 million; total $43.070 million): The NIA oversees over 1,700 research grants, 575 full-time training positions, and 120 research and development contracts. The 5 percent increase will partially be used to cover the expenses associated with pay raises and other costs to provide for the effective, administrative, planning and evaluation, public information and communications, and scientific leadership of the institute.