Today we announced NIH policies for fiscal operation for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year (FY). These policies implement the continuing resolution signed by President Obama on March 26, and also incorporate the provisions of the sequester (formally known as the 2011 Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act).
NIH has a $29.15 billion budget for FY 2013, which is a decrease of approximately five percent from appropriations in FY 2012. In the face of this reduced funding, we remain dedicated to fulfilling our mission to support critical research that leads to improved human health and reduced burden of diseases and disabilities. We also remain aware of the crucial need to support the future of biomedical research and new investigators, and we will continue to manage our research portfolio with that need in mind.
Some key points from the guide notice:
- NIH will continue many of the same policies established in FY 2012, including National Research Service Awards (NRSA) stipend levels, salary limits, and other legislative mandates in effect for FY 2012.
- Some non-competing continuation awards were already made at reduced levels (as described in an earlier blog post.) These reductions may be partially restored, but NIH institutes and centers (ICs) likely will be required to issue all non-competing awards at levels below the FY 2013 commitment indicated on the notice of grant award.
- NIH will make fewer competing awards.
- The policy set forth in FY 2012, which discontinued inflationary increases for future year commitments, remains in place, but adjustments for special needs will be considered.
- NIH will continue the targeted support of new investigators, aiming for a success rate on new (type 1) R01 equivalent grants comparable to that of established investigators.
I realize many of you will have questions about specific awards, and your grants management contact (as listed in your notice of grant award) will work with you on those. I also understand that this budget will be difficult for you, your research programs, and those who work with you. I want to be sure to let you know that I appreciate your patience as we worked through the complex budgetary landscape leading up to this announcement.