Back in February, I posted on our fiscal year 2013 Presidential budget request. One of the things I mentioned was an additional review that we were considering for applications from investigators that have received NIH funds of $1.5M or more in total costs. It has taken us some time to work through the details of how this additional review might be done. We recognized that if we ultimately make the decision to implement the policy in FY13, that we needed to pilot test draft procedures during the Advisory Council meetings this May.
Before getting into the details, I want to remind everyone of one of important point. This is not a cap on the total amount of funds an investigator can receive from NIH. It is a special review during Advisory Council deliberations to determine if additional funds should be provided to well-supported investigators. This pilot compliments existing NIH policies that requires us to monitor investigator’s activities for dual/overlapping support. We are asking the Advisory Councils to look at the full context of research project grant (RPG) support for these investigators and provide recommendations about how funding the pending application will distinctly advance research emanating from this lab. We are piloting these procedures now to gain feedback, which will help us to shape this special review, should we determine to fully implement it as a future policy.
Applications that will be given special review include:
New and renewal applications from investigators who currently receive more than $1.5M in total costs for research project grants.
This means the total of all your active RPG awards at the time the application goes to council. In other words, if you are in the second year of a 5-year R01 that was awarded for $1.5M, the $300K awarded this year will count, plus the current year awarded for any other active RPGs.
Applications excluded from special review include:
- Applications received in response to a request for applications
- P01s and other multi-component RPGs, unless all the investigators exceed the threshold
- Multi-PI applications, unless all the investigators exceed the threshold
To give you an idea of the scope, for applications going to May councils that fall within the top 25th percentile, we identified approximately 70 applications that fit the criteria above. Once we see how this process works at our upcoming council meetings, we will be able to provide additional information in the future.
You can read more in the Guide notice that we published today.