Research and Funding

Inside NIA Archives: Funding Policy

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We posted an update to our funding policy on Friday. The sobering news is that for most areas of research within NIA’s mission the payline will be at the 8th percentile, with 5th percentile for... Read More
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Posted on April 22, 2015 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

So I volunteered for an NIH “pop-up” committee on reducing the average age of investigators being funded by R01s, NIH’s most common and most well-known research grant. I reckoned... Read More
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Posted on February 18, 2015 by Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

This is an extremely difficult time in aging research, among the most challenging since I came to the NIA in 1993. Last week, we announced a funding line policy with the lowest payline in our history... Read More
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Posted on February 11, 2015 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

I wrote in December that 2015 is going to be a tough year for us, and so it is turning out to be. To recap that post, we are seeing increasing numbers of applications following the change in... Read More
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Posted on January 14, 2015 by John Haaga, Deputy Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research.

NIA funding announcements come with an expiration date. Program Announcements, for example, usually expire after three years. Lately, I’ve gotten some questions about what it means when a... Read More
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Posted on December 3, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We announced interim paylines on our funding policy site the other day. When you read that we are funding to the 5th percentile for research grants, and to a score of 14 on career awards and only... Read More
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Posted on September 24, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Fiscal year 2014 began with NIA staff—like many federal government workers—banned from our offices because the government was shut down. During the seemingly endless continuing funding... Read More
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Posted on May 14, 2014 by Britt Ehrhardt, Technical Writer/Editor Office of Communications and Public Liaison.

The National Institutes of Health puts out a lot of information for researchers. Websites, email newsletters, help desks… we really want to help you find your way to the resources you need.... Read More
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Posted on March 26, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

With apologies to Dickens and to Chaplin… It is the best of times. When the dust cleared on our budget this year, the NIA was blessed with a 12.5%, $130 million increase over fiscal year... Read More
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Posted on February 12, 2014 by Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

Last month, the NIA got good news about our budget for fiscal year 2014: $130 million more than last year. We are grateful for this increase. It means that this year there will be more funding than... Read More
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Posted on December 11, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We have been here before. The continuing resolution provides some research funds—not a lot though. Like a ticking clock it winds down on January 15. And our backdrop is a familiar debate on... Read More
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Posted on October 30, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We just wrapped up the fiscal year. The quick summary? We scraped through. For research project grants like R01s, we held our payline (or funding line) to the same level as the prior two years. This... Read More
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Posted on October 23, 2013 by Chyren Hunter, Deputy Director and Training Officer, Division of Extramural Activities.

The NIA, like the rest of the NIH, is working to get back to normal after the 16-day government shutdown. This has been an extremely difficult time, for you and also for us. The grant application and... Read More
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Posted on September 11, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

For the past few years, the NIA has been trying to increase the number of R21 grant applications and awards. The R21, of course, is an NIH-wide grant program “intended to encourage exploratory... Read More
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Posted on August 21, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

As many people know, the federal budget situation in recent years has led to late starts in our annual award process. When we do not know how much money we will have for the year, we don’t make... Read More
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Posted on June 26, 2013 by Chyren Hunter, Deputy Director and Training Officer, Division of Extramural Activities.

The NIA views support for research career development and pre and postdoctoral fellowship training as a priority. The availability of funds to support career development (K) and fellowship training (... Read More
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Posted on May 29, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Our fiscal year 2013 budget was finalized March 26, but we were unable to post our funding policy until May 8. This year, as in every other year, my team worked hard to get a funding policy published... Read More
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Posted on May 22, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Buried within our NIA 2013 funding policy is the apparently shocking statement that our payline for NIA-reviewed research grant applications is 13. When the top score is 10 and the lowest possible... Read More
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Posted on May 15, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

I’m excited to announce something new for researchers. Inside NIA, our new blog, begins with this post. If you are a grantee, applicant, trainee, or anyone else in the scientific and advocacy... Read More
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