Research and Funding

Division of Extramural Activities

NIA Funding Line Policy for FY 2012

For a description of NIA’s mission and priorities please see: NIA's listing of Priorities and Programs

Budget Data: NIH (including NIA) received a full year appropriation for FY 2012 on December 23, 2011. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-74) provides NIH with $30.7 billion, an increase of less than one percent over FY 2011 (after accounting for mandatory transfers). 


Strategy: NIA’s continuing effort to maintain or increase the number of competing awards made during this cycle of minimal to negative growth includes limiting the numbers of large applications accepted for review and the number of these awards made. (A large application requests direct costs of $500,000 or more in any single year). NIA continues to make most competing RPG awards at an average reduction of 18% below the study-section recommended amount. However, beginning in FY 2012 NIA will no longer make administrative cuts on small grants (R03) and exploratory/developmental awards (R21) beyond study section recommended amounts.


Competing awards:

CSR-Reviewed applications

NIA has made initial determinations of funding lines for FY 2012. Some or all of the funding lines may increase later in the year when all the scores of applications reviewed for award in this year are known. We will post any changes no later than July 2012.

Funding lines for CSR-reviewed applications:
Requested direct costs <500k $500k or greater
All applications except N.I. or E.S.I. R01s 11% 8%
N.I. R01, not E.S.I. 14% 11%
E.S.I. R01 16% 13%

N.I. is New Investigator
E.S.I. is Early Stage Investigator

NIA-reviewed applications

For program projects and other NIA-reviewed RPG applications (some R01, U01 and U19 applications) the pay line is a priority score of 17 (This is NOT a percentile rank).

Non-Competing awards:

NIA will follow NIH policy on noncompeting awards. See: As stated in the Notice NIH requires Institutes and Centers to make awards this year with no inflationary increases in out years.

NIA is also continuing to review balances in noncompeting awards and will adjust or delay award of the next noncompeting or competing year when appropriate.

Non-RPG mechanisms:

NIA is following NIH policy on remaining lines including centers, small business, training, scientific meetings, resource-related, and career development awards. Guidance is provided in Notice OD-12-036:

Note on Ranking of RPG applications reviewed at NIA:

Although the bulk of RPG applications (other than those submitted in response to RFAs and a few PARs) are reviewed at CSR and given percentile ranks based on the panel in which they were reviewed, program project (P01) applications and some multi-site cooperative agreement (U01) and research grant (R01) applications are reviewed at NIA. Beginning May 2011, no percentile rank appears on the summary statement for these applications. Instead, for funding consideration, they are ranked with other NIA-reviewed RPG applications from the current and recent preceding rounds. This policy for ranking P01 and other RPG applications reviewed at NIA became effective for all FY 2011 and succeeding year applications.