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NIA budget: Keeping calm and connected during continuing resolutions

Dr. Ken Santora
Kenneth SANTORA,
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)

Fiscal year (FY) 2023 has begun and, as has often been the case, the final budget picture for NIA and the rest of NIH is still unknown. Congress finalized passage of a continuing resolution (CR) on Sept. 30, and the president signed it into law, funding the federal government at FY 2022 levels through Dec. 16. Until we have more clarity, I wanted to relay our budget and pay lines approach during this interim period.

The CR means that NIA will be on a “flat budget,” based on FY 2022 appropriations. Part of our job is ensuring we maintain a cautious approach in our spending until we have a better understanding of the final budget, which could be more or less than in recent years.

In the meantime, our current situation is very similar to that under last year’s CR. FY 2022’s pay lines are no longer active and we won’t announce an interim pay line until we have a clearer idea about the latest budget decisions. We will continue to pay grants during this first quarter but, as in the past, we will do so conservatively while we await final budget numbers.

That said, it’s important to remember that in past fiscal years, the general pay line still ended up trending significantly higher than the initial interim pay line. So, we encourage patience and a positive attitude during this unsettled period.

Stay calm and connected

Above all, there’s no need to panic during this continuing resolution. We remain optimistic that we will have an FY 2023 appropriation in the coming months and encourage you to remain optimistic as well. Contact your program officers, who are always your best resource regarding individual applications, when you have questions or concerns.

Keep an eye on this blog and the NIA website and, if you haven’t already, sign up to stay connected for the latest news.

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