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Fiscal Year 2003 Budget

Budget Policy

The Fiscal Year 2003 budget request for the NIA is $971,709,000 including AIDS, an increase of $75,569,000 and 8.4 percent over the FY 2002 level.

A five year history of FTEs and Funding


FTEs by Fiscal Year

 388 - 1999; 384 - 2000; 395 - 2001; 445 - 2002; 444 - 2003

Funding Levels by Fiscal Year

Funding Levels by Fiscal Year


One of NIH's highest priorities is the funding of medical research through research project grants (RPGs). Support for RPGs allows NIH to sustain the scientific momentum of investigator-initiated research while providing new research opportunities. The Fiscal Year 2003 request provides average cost increases for competing RPGs equal to the Biomedical Research and Development Price Index (BRDPI), estimated at 4.0 percent. Noncompeting RPGs will be funded at committed levels which include increases of 3 percent on average for recurring direct costs. Future promises for advancement in medical research rest in part with new investigators with new ideas. In the Fiscal Year 2003 request, NIA will support 584 pre-and postdoctoral trainees in full-time training positions, the same number as in FY 2002. Stipend levels for NRSA trainees will increase by 4 percent over Fiscal Year 2002 levels.

The Fiscal Year 2003 request includes funding for 68 research centers, 225 other research grants, including 192 clinical career awards, and 78 R& D contracts. The R& D contracts mechanism also includes support for 24 contracts for the Extramural Clinical and Pediatric Loan Repayment Programs. Intramural Research and Research Management and Support receive increases of 9 percent over FY 2002.

The Mechanism distribution by dollars and percent changes are displayed below:

FY 2003 Budget Mechanism (Dollars in Millions)


Research Project Grants ($651.1, 68%); IR ($96.9, 10%); Research Center ($84.8, 9%); R&D Contract ($52.7, 5%); RMS ($33.7, 3%); Other Research ($30.8, 3%); Res Training ($22.0, 2%)

FY 2003 Estimate Percent Change From FY 2002 Mechanism

Research Project Grants: 9.0%; Research Centers: 6.0%; Other Research: 7.8%; Research Training: 4.3%; R&D Contracts: 6.9% ; Intramural Research: 8.9%; Res. Mgmt. & Support: 8.8%