As the fiscal year 2013 budget discussions are underway on Capitol Hill, the NIA continues to support research and manage Institute funding. As many of you know, NIA is operating on a 6-month Continuing Resolution (CR), which provided $313.3 million for the period October 1, 2012 – March 27, 2013. We are awaiting the outcome of the budget discussions currently taking place on Capitol Hill. The CR enables the government to continue operating within the budget levels of the previous fiscal year, but with no increases in current funding levels. Until the budget is finalized, we are necessarily being very conservative in our allocations for new and competing awards.
As we have been waiting for word on what the final budget for this year will be, NIA paid much of the first round of applications for FY 2013 using funds from FY 2012. So we have managed the delay to date without too much cost in grants not paid. A longer period of uncertainty, though, is likely to delay most of our second round of awards and may also have an effect on noncompeting awards. The FY 2013 President’s budget requested $1,102.7 million for NIA.
In FY 2012, NIA obligated a total of $1,121.3 million in appropriated funds. This included: 1,377 research project grants (RPGs), of which 314 were competing awards; 79 research centers; 610 full-time training positions; and a number of new and ongoing research and development contracts.
The FY 2012 overall success rate for the Institute was 15.5 percent, which compares to 16.1 percent in FY 2011 and 14.5 percent in FY 2010. A listing of all NIH institutes’ success rates for FY 2012 can be found at http://report.nih.gov/success_rates/index.aspx . Again, while FY 2013 appropriations are not yet finalized, the chart importantly shows that investigators have been able to apply successfully for and secure NIA funding under a variety of mechanisms.
Even with constrained growth in funding, we continue to encourage both established and new investigators to apply for funding. We look forward to hearing from you as we work together toward discoveries to improve health and well-being as we grow older.