NIDCR FY12 Funding Plan Released

From the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research…

FY 2012 Funding Plan

Underlying NIDCR’s financial management plan is the Institute’s goal to provide stable levels of support for high quality scientific research.  Non-competing awards will be funded without cost of living/inflationary adjustments in FY 2012; however adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) will continue to be accommodated.  This policy applies to all grants (research and non-research) when applicable.  Inflationary increases for future year commitments will be discontinued for all competing and non-competing research grant awards issued in FY 2012, however adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) will continue to be accommodated.

Payment of new and competing research project grants will be as close to peer review recommended levels as possible, given overall budgetary constraints.  FY 2012 awards that have already been issued will be revised to adjust the award level and future year commitments in accordance with these principles.  Funding for new and early stage investigators remains an Institute priority.

NRSA awards will be issued with a two percent increase at all stipend levels.  See the complete notice published in the NIH Guide: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-036.html

Agencies Provide Details on FY13 Budget Proposal

On Monday, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal. As the week progressed, federal agency officials began to release details of the proposal, which is drawing criticism from many organizations in the health and research communities. The President’s budget proproses to freeze funding for NIH at the FY12 level of $30.7 billion. In a budget briefing on Wednesday (2/15), NIH Director Frances Collins stated that despite the freeze in funding, the President’s budget proposal would allow for a 7% increase in FY13 (over FY12) in new and competing research grants. Dr. Collins stated that the increase is made possible by increased turnover in grants, largely do to the fact that “science is moving more quickly” than has traditionally been the case. The decrease in the duration of grants coupled with a 1% FY13 reduction to noncompeting grants was mentioned as the primary drivers of the proposed increase in new and competing grants. Dr. Collins acknowledged that, when adjusted for inflation, purchasing power at NIH has been in decline since 2003.

Some items of note from the NIH FY13 Budget Proposal:

  • The NIDCR budget is slated for a $2 million decrease to $408 million.
  • Funds are sought from the Public Health Prevention Fund (part of the Affordable Care Act) to make a significant increase in Alzheimer’s research.
  • The ratio of funding between basic and applied research (54% basic, 46% applied) remains constant -as has been the case for several years.
  • The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) would receive an 11% increase to $639 million, which includes significant funding ($50 million) for the Cures Acceleration Network.

Other noteworthy budget information:

  • The overall Health and Human Services budget request is 8.5% lower than last year.
  • Oral health funding within CDC, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, is essentially the same after a $9,000 increase to $14.653 million.
  • The request for the National Science Foundation is up 5% to $7.373 billion.
  • The request for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is up by roughly 1% to $408.8 million. However, the proposal cuts investigator-initiated researcg grants by more than 31%,  and comparative effectiveness research grants by 41%.

The President’s Budget Request marks the beginning of the budget process on the Hill. It is clear that the FY13 appropriations process is off to a rocky start for health and much of the research community.

President Proposes Flat Funding for NIH in FY13

Today, President Obama formally kicked-off the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations process with the submission of his budget request to Congress. The President’s Budget Request (PBR) calls for the level funding of the National Institutes of Health at the FY12 figure of $30.7 billion. The PBR reduces the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research by $2 million to $408 million for FY13. The PBR states that NIH will implement new grant management policies to increase the number of new research grants by 7%. Given that overall funding would be flat in the President’s budget, it will be interesting to see how NIH proposes to achieve the increase in new grants. Additional details should be made available within the next day and will be posted on this site.

The PBR will be followed by months of deliberations on Capitol Hill. It is widely believed that the FY13 budget will not be finished until after the November elections. However, by that point, much of the foundation for the budget will be in place… so the next few months remain an important time for advocacy.