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 2012 budget request for NIA, which is $20.4 million more than the FY 2010 level, for a total of $1,129.987 million.
Research Project Grants (RPGs; +$5.3 million over the FY 2010 level; total $750.5 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 1,445 RPGs, an increase of 25 from FY 2010.
Research and Development Contracts (+$9.5 million over the FY 2010 level; total $67.998 million): Funds are included in R&D contracts to reflect NIA’s share of NIH-wide funding required to support several trans-NIH initiatives, such as the Therapeutics 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.
Intramural Research (+$1.1 million over the FY 2010 level; total $115.7 million): NIH will allocate additional funds to Intramural Research to help cover the increased costs of aging research. NIA will continue 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; including reductions in contractor support, efficiencies in maintenance contracts, and efficiencies in reagent ordering.
Research Management and Support (-$0.1 million from the FY 2010 level; total $41.3 million): The NIA oversees almost 1,800 research grants, 556 full-time training positions, and 100 research and development contracts. Funding will be used to cover the expenses associated with providing for the effective, administrative, planning and evaluation, public information and communications, and scientific leadership of the institute. NIA will make incremental reductions and find cost savings in administrative areas to absorb cost increases.