Status of FY 2010, 2011, and 2012 Budgets
On December 16, 2009, the President signed into law H.R. 3288, the FY 2010 Omnibus Appropriations Act. The law included funding for the agencies in the Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations bill. The NIH portion is $31.2 billion, which is $692.9 million above the FY 2009 level.
For NIA, the FY 2010 Enacted Level is $1,109.800 million, an increase of $29.328 million, or 2.7 percent over FY 2009. In FY 2010, the NIA currently estimates support of 1,351 RPGs, including 274 new and competing projects and a success rate of approximately 13 percent. Support levels for other funding mechanisms include 78 research centers for $88.107 million; 267 other research grants, including 228 research career awards, for a total of $34.947 million; 575 full-time training positions for $24.139 million, and a total of $69.73 million for research and development contracts.
On February 17, 2009, the President signed into law H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The ARRA was enacted to: (1) preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery, (2) assist those most impacted by the recession, (3) provide investments to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health, (4) invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits, and (5) stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. Included in the ARRA bill is $7.4 billion for NIH, which is available until September 30, 2010. The NIA portion of the economic stimulus is $273.3 million. Of this amount, $149.4 million was obligated in FY 2009, leaving a balance of $123.9 million to be obligated in FY 2010. Most of this remaining balance is committed to ongoing awards.
The FY 2011 President’s budget was released to the public on February 1, 2010. The President’s request for NIH is $32.2 billion, an increase of $1 billion, or 3.2 percent over the FY 2010 Enacted Level.
The FY 2011 budget request for NIA is $1,142.337 million, an increase of $32.537 million, or 2.9 percent over the FY 2010 Enacted level. The NIA FY 2011 Congressional Justification can be viewed at www.nia.nih.gov/about/budget/ 
For NIA, the FY 2011 President’s Budget will allow for 1,266 total research project grants (RPGs), including 280 new and competing awards. The estimate includes $90.75 million for research centers, an increase of $2.643 million over FY 2010. The other research grants estimate is $35.993 million, an increase of $1.046 million over FY 2010. For research training, the FY 2011 budget request includes $25.575 million to support 575 trainees. The R&D contract mechanism will be supported at a level of $75.959 million, an increase of $6.229 million over FY 2010.
Please see below for sections from the NIA Congressional Justification that outline major changes in the FY 2011 Budget Request as well as the budget mechanism table.
Preliminary work on the budget for FY 2012 has begun using the FY 2011 President’s budget request as the base. After intermediate stages of review, the President’s budget request for FY 2012 will be presented to Congress in February 2011, at which time it will become available to the public.
Major Changes in the Fiscal Year 2011 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 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.
|MECHANISM||FY 2009 Actual||FY 2010 Estimate||FY 2011 President's Budget|
|Research Grants:||FY09 No.||FY09 Amount||FY10 No.||FY10 Amount||FY11 No.||FY11 Amount|
|Research Centers in Minority Institutions||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||70||0||70||0||70|
|Subtotal, Other Research||266||34,431||267||34,947||275||35,993|
|Total Research Grants||1,857||836,622||1,770||862,411||1,695||881,632|
|Research & Development Contracts||120||68,798||120||69,730||120||75,959|
|Research Management & Support||40,314||41,019||43,070|