Following seven Continuing Resolutions (CR), the President signed the Department of Defense and Full Year Continuing Resolution Appropriations Act, 2011 on April 15, 2011. This act provided a reduction for NIH, with cuts totaling $321.500 million, including: a $210 million pro-rata cut across ICs, a $50 million reduction to the Building and Facilities (B&F) fund, and a general 0.2 percent reduction, which totaled $61.500 million. The NIH budget authority is $30.9 billion, which is $320.7 million less than the FY 2010 Enacted level.
For NIA, the Full-Year CR provides $1,100.481 million, a decrease of $9.748 million or 0.9 percent less than FY 2010. In FY 2011, funding distributions are not yet approved.
This funding level is lower than the executed budget in FY2010 and lower than the inflation adjusted operating level based on FY 2010 levels. NIA has responded to this austere environment with a number of policy changes. Primarily, NIA has instituted a split payline, with applications under a requested cost of $500,000 being awarded at one level, and $500,000 and above at another. Further, the NIA Research Management & Support program and the Intramural Research program are being held at a sub-inflationary level and controls on hiring have been instituted.
The FY 2012 President’s budget was released to the public on February 14, 2011. The President’s request for NIH is $31.987 billion, an increase of $744.587 million or 2.4 percent over the FY 2010 actual level.
The NIA budget request for FY 2012 is $1,129.987 million, an increase of $20.351 million or 1.8 percent over the FY 2010 actual level. The NIA FY 2012 Congressional Justification can be viewed at www.nia.nih.gov/about/budget 
For NIA, the FY 2012 President’s Budget will allow for 1,376 total research project grants (RPGs), including 350 new and competing awards. The estimate includes $91.65 million for research centers, an increase of $459 thousand over FY 2010. The other research grants estimate is $36.124 million, an increase of $969 thousand over FY 2010. For research training, the FY 2012 budget request includes $26.867 million to support 556 trainees. The R&D contract mechanism will be supported at a level of $67.998 million, an increase of $9.547 million over FY 2010 [Chris Porter – Are we still unable to relate FY2012 to FY2011 because we do not have approval of our mechanism table?].
Please see below for sections from the NIA Congressional Justification that outlines major changes in the FY 2012 Budget Request as well as the budget mechanism table.
Preliminary work on the budget for FY 2013 has begun using the FY 2012 President’s budget request as the base. After intermediate stages of review, the President’s budget request for FY 2013 will be presented to Congress in February 2012, at which time it will become available to the public.
A table showing the NIA FY 2011, 2012 and 2013 funding levels by budget mechanism is included below.
|MECHANISM||FY 2010 of FY 2012 CJ||FY 2011 Full-Year C.R.*||FY 2012 President's Budget|
|Research Grants:||FY10 No.||FY10 Amount||FY11 No.||FY11 Amount||FY12 No.||FY12 Amount|
|Research Centers in Minority Institutions||0||0||0||0|
|Cooperative Clinical Research||0||0||0||0|
|Biomedical Research Support||0||0||0||0|
|Minority Biomedical Research Support||0||70||0||70|
|Subtotal, Other Research||269||35,155||276||36,124|
|Total Research Grants||1,767||871,462||1,799||878,219|
|Research & Development Contracts||100||58,451||100||67,998|
|Research Management & Support||41,329||41,257|
* FY2011 funding distributions have not been approved.