The NIA is currently preparing to close out FY 2011. This summer, the NIA proposed a reprogramming to reallocate up to $0.529 million from R&D Contracts to Research Project Grants (RPGs); up to $0.259 million from R&D Contracts to RPGs-SBIR/STTR; up to $0.212 million from R&D Contracts to Other Research-Minority Biomed; up to $0.800 million from Other-Other to Training-Individual; and up to $1.100 million from Training-Institutional to Training-Individual.
NIA’s reallocation of up to $0.529 million to RPGs will allow for an estimated two additional high priority competing grants to be made. Additionally, NIA will reallocate up to $0.259 million to the RPGs-SBIR/STTR line, which will allow NIA to meet its statutory obligations to SBIR and STTR funding requirements. NIA is also reallocating up to $0.212 million to Other Research-Minority Biomed. This corrects the amount of funding available for a cofunding commitment to research awards at minority-serving institutions. Additionally, NIA plans to reallocate up to $1.900 million to the Training-Individual activity to pay a surge of highly meritorious fellowship awards as part of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award programs.
Funds of up to $1.000 million are available in R&D Contracts because of deferred contract actions from FY 2011 to FY 2012 based on an individual contract’s financial and administrative status. This is a one-time change. Up to a further $0.800 million is available within the Other-Other activity based on a lack of highly competitive investigator initiated research. This is a permanent realignment of funds within the Other-Other line. Another up to $1.100 million is being reallocated from the Training-Institutional mechanism based on savings recouped from offsetting the final noncompeting awards by any balance remaining on the award. The total amount of funding recouped fluctuates year to year and is part of NIA’s standard financial management processes.
In FY 2011, the NIA currently estimates support of 1,349 RPGs, including 318 competing projects. Support levels for other funding mechanisms include 78 research centers for $87.8 million; 274 other research grants, including 239 research career awards, for a total of $34.9 million; 518 full-time training positions for $24.1 million, and a total of $67.1 million for R&D contracts.
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 FY 2012 budget request for NIA 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.
Please see below for sections from the NIA Congressional Justification that outline 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.
|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||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||70||0||70||0||70|
|Subtotal, Other Research||269||35,155||274||34,947||276||36,124|
|Total Research Grants||1,767||871,462||1,770||851,248||1,799||878,219|
|Research & Development Contracts||100||58,451||122||67,086||100||67,998|
|Research Management & Support||41,329||42,362||41,257|
* FY2011 funding distributions have not been approved.