NIA will continue to support new investigators and to maintain an adequate number of competing RPGs. In order to maximize the number of competing research project grants that can be made, NIA has a cap on the amount that can be awarded to individual program project awards and is following the NIH policy in providing no inflationary increases for non-competing or competing grants. In addition, the NIA has targeted a portion of the funds available for competing research project grants to support high priority projects outside of the payline, including awards to new investigators and first-time renewals. The Institute also seeks to maintain a balance between solicitations issued to the extramural community in areas that need stimulation and funding made available to support investigator-initiated projects. Intramural Research and Research Management and Support receive modest increases to help offset the cost of pay and other increases.