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Budget and pay lines update: 2023 coming into focus

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

As we settle into the new year, I’m pleased to have positive budget and pay line news to share. Last month, President Biden signed into law H.R.2617, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which provides full-year NIH funding through Sept. 30, 2023.

The law sets the total NIA budget allocation at more than $4.4 billion. Along with increases in our general allocations, it also designates a $151 million increase for NIA Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research.

New pay lines posted

This good news has given us the opportunity to set some early and realistic pay lines. It also provides the flexibility to be more strategic with our planning for the rest of this fiscal year (FY).

Here are the latest pay lines, starting with NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR)- reviewed applications and followed by NIA-reviewed applications:

CSR-reviewed Research Applications (Percentile Based)


General pay line, < $500k

General pay line, ≥ $500k

AD/ADRD pay line

All (except below)




New Investigator R01s




Early-Stage Investigator R01s




NIA-reviewed Research Applications (Overall Impact Score Based)


General pay line

AD/ADRD pay line

Program projects



Other NIA-reviewed research



Parent career development awards



Parent fellowship awards



Noncompeting grants will be paid at 100%. As we have in past years, NIA is reducing non-Alzheimer’s and related dementias FY 2023 competing awards by an average of 18%. For Alzheimer’s and related dementias research allocations, we will pay awards at their full study-section-recommended amounts unless there are concerns about overlap or study section recommendations that would require decreasing the amount.

Be sure to check our funding line policy webpage for full details, and keep an eye on that page for possible additional adjustments on these numbers before the end of FY 2023.

Keep in touch with your POs

NIA program officers are the best sources of information for inquiries about individual applications, so please email them if you have questions on the impact of these updates on your research plans.

As always, please bookmark the “Inside NIA” blog for all the latest important news, and/or leave your questions, comments, or concerns below.


Submitted by James Kazura on November 03, 2023

why can't I find one table that lists paylines for all institutes?

Thank you for your question. There is no centralized site for all NIH pay lines due to the complexity of the budgets for NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). Each NIH IC receives their own budget allocation from the NIH overall budget.  Because of this, each IC has the authority to set their own funding strategies, which can change depending on that FY’s appropriations.  Because of these variances, not all ICs at the NIH have a pay line, and those that do may change their pay line throughout the FY.  

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