The NIA is currently preparing to close out FY 2012. $18.273 million was transferred to the NIA from the other NIH ICs as part of the $50M President’s National Alzheimer’s Project Act Alzheimer’s Disease initiative.
In FY 2012, the NIA currently estimates support of 1,439 RPGs, including 378 competing projects. Support levels for other funding mechanisms include 78 research centers for $87.8 million; 277 other research grants, including 215 research career awards, for a total of $36.4 million; 618 full-time training positions for $24.8 million, and a total of $64.8 million for R&D contracts.
The FY 2013 President’s budget was released to the public on February 13, 2012. The President’s request for NIH is $30.86 billion, which represented no change from the FY 2012 enacted level.
The NIA budget request for FY 2013 is $1,102.650 million, an increase of $.522 million or less than one percent over the FY 2012 enacted level. The NIA FY 2013 Congressional Justification can be viewed at www.nia.nih.gov/about/budget 
For NIA, the FY 2013 President’s Budget will allow for 1,492 total research project grants (RPGs), including 422 new and competing awards. The estimate includes $88.955 million for research centers, $33.473 million for other research grants, and $24.827 million for research training. These dollar estimates are the same as the FY 2012 enacted level. The R&D contract mechanism will be supported at a level of $72.514 million, an increase of $8.759 million over the FY 2012 enacted level.
Please see below for sections from the NIA Congressional Justification that outline major changes in the FY 2013 Budget Request as well as the budget mechanism table.
The Congressional appropriations process is under way. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies has passed an FY2013 Appropriations bill: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=303303 .
This bill provides NIA a decrease of $522k versus the FY2013’s President’s Budget. Several provisions in the bill pose challenges to NIH, including: a ban on economic research at the NIH, and on patient centered outcomes and it mandates 90%-10% split between extramural research and NIH’s intramural programs (includes Intramural research and the Research Management Support accounts), NIH’s average is 85%-15%. The Senate has passed a bill out of committee, which provides $21.6M more than the President’s Budget, a 1.96% increase specific to NIA. The NIH wide increase was just 0.34%.
Preliminary work on the budget for FY 2014 has begun using the FY 2013 President’s budget request as the base. After intermediate stages of review, the President’s budget request for FY 2014 will be presented to Congress in February 2013, at which time it will become available to the public.
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 2013 budget request for NIA, which is $.522 million more than the FY 2012 level, for a total of $1,102.7 million.
Research Project Grants (-$8.237 million; total $724.904 million): NIA will award a total of 1,561 RPGs, an increase of 57 from FY 2012. The decline in RPG funding is due to a decline in Noncompeting Commitments, a $25.1 million decline from FY 2012. NIH budget policy for RPGs in FY 2013 discontinues inflationary allowances and reduces the average cost of noncompeting and competing RPGs by one percent below the FY 2012 level.
Research and Development Contracts (+$8.759 million; total $72.514 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 (total $115.525 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, with a small reduction in FTE.
Research Management and Support (total $42.452 million): The NIA oversees 1,906 research grants, 608 full-time training positions, and 133 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, and a small reduction in FTE.
A table showing the NIA FY 2011, 2012 and 2013 funding levels by budget mechanism is included below. Please note that the FY 2012 column does not reflect the proposed NIA reprogramming.
|MECHANISM||FY 2011||FY 2012 Enacted||FY 2013 President's Budget|
|Research Centers in Minority Institutions||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Cooperative Clinical Research||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Biomedical Research Support||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Minority Biomedical Research Support||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Subtotal, Other Research||267||33,473||277||36,443||267||33,473|
|Total Research Grants||1,807||852,573||1,861||870,842||1,906||847,332|
|Research & Development Contracts||133||63,218||133||64,754||133||72,514|
|Research Management & Support||42,488||42,452||42,452|