Major changes by budget mechanism and/or budget activity detail are briefly described below. Note that there may be overlap between budget mechanisms and activity detail and these highlights will not sum to the total change for the FY 2014 President’s Budget for NIA, which is $73.0 million more than the FY 2012 level, for a total of $1,193.4 million.
Research Project Grants (+$73.336 million; total $818.631 million)
NIA will award a total of 1,650 RPGs, an increase of 189 from FY 2012. This includes an $80.0 million increase for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) research. Projects will facilitate fulfillment of the recommendations of the May 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit, which was held in response to the passage of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act in 2011. Other NIA projects will be decreased by $6.664 million. NIH budget policy for RPGs in FY 2014, continues FY 2012 policy of eliminating inflationary increases for future year commitments. However adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) will continue to be accommodated.
Research and Development Contracts (-$0.298 million; total $63.239 million)
Funds are included in R&D contracts to support trans-NIH initiatives, such as the Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Opportunity Network (OppNet).
Intramural Research (-$0.001 million; total $118.601 million)
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.
Research Management and Support (-$0.060 million; total $42.373 million, +22 FTE)
The NIA oversees 1,988 research grants, 598 full-time training positions, and 123 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. The apparent increase in estimated FY 2014 FTE compared to the FY 2012 actual FTE usage level is due to the effect of transferring positions previously funded from a centralized support operation (Division of Extramural Activities Support) to individual ICs as of year-end 2012. As a result of the DEAS transfer, estimated salaries and benefits for FY 2014 are proportionately higher than those identified for FY 2012 and previous years.