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 2010 budget request for NIA, which is $12.347 million more than the FY 2009 Estimate, for a total of $1.093 billion.
Research Project Grants (+$9.216 million; total $722.415 million): NIA will continue to support new investigators and to maintain an adequate number of competing RPGs. NIA will support a total of 1,522 Research Project Grant (RPG) awards in FY 2010, the same number as supported in FY 2009. Noncompeting RPGs will increase by 66 awards and $45.931 million. Competing RPGs will decrease by 66 awards and $23.743 million. The NIH Budget policy for RPGs in FY 2010 is to provide average cost increases for competing RPGs of two percent over FY 2009. Noncompeting RPG continuation awards will also receive a two percent inflationary increase in FY 2010.
Intramural Research (+$1.661 million; total $112.367 million): Intramural Research will receive an increase 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 (+$711 thousand; total $41.355 million): The NIA oversees over 1,900 research grants and 600 full-time training positions and over 120 research and development contracts. The 1.75 percent increase will partially be used to cover the expenses associated with pay raises and other inflationary cost increases necessary to provide for the effective, administrative, planning and evaluation, public information and communications, and scientific leadership of the institute.