About NIA

NACA Meeting: May 22-23, 2012

Budget and Appropriations

Status of FY 2012, 2013, and 2014 Budgets:

FY 2012

The FY 2012 budget was approved by the President, December 23rd, 2011. The enacted budget provides $1,102.1 million, a $3.5 million or .32% increase over the FY 2011 level, after transfers. This enacted level allows for 1,504 total research project grants (RPGs), including 377 new and competing awards. The estimate includes $88.955 million for research centers, a decrease of $0.426 million from FY 2011. The other research grants estimate is $33.473 million, the same level as FY 2011. For research training, the FY 2012 budget request includes $24.827 million to support 618 trainees. The R&D contract mechanism will be supported at a level of $63.755 million, an increase of $0.537 million over FY 2011.

FY 2013

The FY 2013 President’s budget was released to the public on February 13, 2012. The President’s request for NIH is $30.86 billion, which represented no change from the FY 2012 enacted level.

The NIA budget request for FY 2013 is $1,102.650 million, an increase of $.522 million or less than one percent over the FY 2012 enacted level. The NIA FY 2013 Congressional Justification can be viewed at http://www.nia.nih.gov/about/budget

For NIA, the FY 2013 President’s Budget will allow for 1,492 total research project grants (RPGs), including 422 new and competing awards. The estimate includes $88.955 million for research centers, $33.473 million for other research grants, and $24.827 million for research training. These dollar estimates are the same as the FY 2012 enacted level. The R&D contract mechanism will be supported at a level of $72.514 million, an increase of $8.759 million over the FY 2012 enacted level.

Please see below for sections from the NIA Congressional Justification that outline major changes in the FY 2013 Budget Request as well as the budget mechanism table.

FY 2014

Preliminary work on the budget for FY 2014 has begun using the FY 2013 President’s budget request as the base.  After intermediate stages of review, the President’s budget request for FY 2014 will be presented to Congress in February 2013, at which time it will become available to the public.

Major Changes in the Fiscal Year 2013 President’s Budget Request

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 2013 budget request for NIA, which is $.522 million more than the FY 2012 level, for a total of $1,102.7 million.

Research Project Grants (-$8.237 million; total $724.904 million):  NIA will award a total of 1,561 RPGs, an increase of 57 from FY 2012.  The decline in RPG funding is due to a decline in Noncompeting Commitments, a $25.1 million decline from FY 2012.  NIH budget policy for RPGs in FY 2013 discontinues inflationary allowances and reduces the average cost of noncompeting and competing RPGs by one percent below the FY 2012 level.

Research and Development Contracts (+$8.759 million; total $72.514 million):  Funds are included in R&D contracts to support trans-NIH initiatives, such as the Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Opportunity Network (OppNet).

Intramural Research (total $115.525 million):  NIA will continue 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, with a small reduction in FTE.

Research Management and Support (total $42.452 million):  The NIA oversees 1,906 research grants, 608 full-time training positions, and 133 research and development contracts.  Funding will be used to cover the expenses associated with providing for the effective, administrative, planning and evaluation, public information and communications, and scientific leadership of the institute.  NIA will make incremental reductions and find cost savings in administrative areas to absorb cost increases, and a small reduction in FTE.

BUDGET MECHANISM (in thousands)
MECHANISM FY 2011 FY 2012 Enacted FY 2013 President's Budget
Research Grants: No. Amount No. Amount No. Amount
Research Projects:            
Noncompeting 1,005 538,823 1,061 548,110 1,070 523,025
Administrative Supplements (69) 6,357 (69) 6,357 (69) 6,357
Competing 395 158,082 377 150,635 422 166,795
Subtotal 1,400 703,262 1,438 705,102 1,492 696,177
SBIR/STTR 62 26,457 66 28,039 69 28,727
Subtotal, RPG 1,462 729,719 1,504 733,141 1,561 724,904
Research Centers:            
Specialized/Comprehensive 78 88,173 78 87,765 78 87,765
Clinical Research 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Comparative Medicine 0 1,208 0 1,190 0 1,190
Research Centers in Minority Institutions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subtotal, Centers 78 89,381 78 88,955 78 88,955
Other Research:            
Research Careers 215 28,442 215 28,442 215 28,442
Cancer Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cooperative Clinical Research 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biomedical Research Support 0 0 0 0 0 0
Minority Biomedical Research Support 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other 52 5,031 52 5,031 52 5,031
Subtotal, Other Research 267 33,473 267 33,473 267 33,473
Total Research Grants 1,807 852,573 1,849 855,569 1,906 847,332
Training: FTTP   FTTP   FTTP  
Individual 187 7,232 185 7,232 182 7,232
Institutional 440 17,595 433 17,595 426 17,595
Total, Training 627 24,827 618 24,827 608 24,827
Research & Development Contracts 133 63,218 133 63,755 133 72,514
(SBIR/STTR) (1) (40) (1) (40) (1) (40)
Intramural Research   115,525   115,525   115,525
Research Management & Support   42,488   42,452   42,452
Total, NIA   1,098,631   1,102,128   1,102,650