NIA continues to welcome the strong investigator interest in aging research as evidenced by the large number of research project grant (RPG) applications submitted to NIH and assigned to NIA for award in FY 2006. The Institute is committed to funding the most meritorious of these applications. Nevertheless, budget constraints necessitate retaining the funding line policy of reducing awarded budgets by an average of 18 percent below levels recommended in peer review for new and competing research awards in FY 2006. With this average reduction NIA is currently funding research project grant mechanisms to about the 10.5 percentile funding line. NIA expects to achieve a success rate of approximately 18 percent for research project grants in FY 2006.
**November 2006 Update: In FY 2006, NIA funded research project grant mechanisms to the 13th percentile funding line with a success rate of 17.4 percent.
NIA is following NIH cost control policies in other research and training mechanisms.
Also see the main NIA Funding Policies  site for policies concerning particular mechanisms.