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NIA Interim Funding Line Policy for FY 2022

Note: This is an interim pay line and is subject to change before the end of the fiscal year.

NIA and NIH received an appropriation through the H.R. 2471, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022,” which provides full-year funding through September 30, 2022.

NIA will now pay FY 2022 non-competing awards at 100% of the committed level as shown in the Notice of Award. NIA plans to restore the cuts of those non-competing grants that were previously paid at 90% earlier in this fiscal year.

General Allocation

NIA is reducing FY 2022 competing awards by 18% on average. This average cut policy applies to all research project awards except R03s (small grants), R21s (exploratory/developmental awards), and R15s (Academic Research Enhancement Awards and the NIH Research Enhancement Awards program). These awards (R03, R21, R15) generally receive the study-section-recommended amount of support. The 18% cut remains an average. Individual awards may be reduced by more or less than that percentage.

Alzheimer’s Allocation

NIA is paying awards at their full study-section-recommended amounts, unless concerns about overlap or similar issues reduce the amount awarded.

CSR-reviewed Research Applications (Percentile Based)

Applications

General pay line, < $500k

General pay line, ≥ $500k

AD/ADRD pay line

All (except below)

10%

7%

28%

New Investigator R01s

13%

10%

31%

Early Stage Investigator R01s

15%

12%

33%

Though NIA expects to pay most applications within these lines, when scientific concerns are identified in peer review that weaken the case for making an award, we may alternatively provide short-term support (R56) or invite a re-submission of the application. Similarly, we may pay a few applications beyond the pay lines when they focus on high priorities of the Institute.

NIA-reviewed Research Applications (Overall Impact Score Based)

Applications

General pay line

AD/ADRD pay line

Program projects

15

40

Other NIA-reviewed research

15

40

Parent career development awards

21

35

Parent fellowship awards

30

40

Though NIA expects to pay most applications within these lines, when scientific concerns are identified in peer review that weaken the case for making an award, we may invite a re-submission of the application. Similarly, we may pay a few applications beyond the pay lines when they focus on high priorities of the Institute.

All other categories of awards (Conference, Institutional Training, Small Business) are allocation-based rather than based on a funding line.