The National Institute on Aging (NIA) will make noncompeting modular and non modular awards at a level 2% below their commitment level for FY 2008. This adjustment is consistent with the overall NIH policy of allowing a 1% inflationary increase to noncompeting awards. NIA will continue to consider some supplemental funding on a case-by-case base to address scientific and programmatic imperatives that would otherwise not be met within this overall policy. For competing research project awards, NIA will also follow NIH policy and provide an overall average cost increase of 1% relative to FY 2007 competing award costs.
NIA continues to welcome the strong investigator interest in aging research as evidenced by the large number of research project grant (RPG) applications submitted to NIH and assigned to NIA for award in FY 2008. The Institute is committed to funding the most meritorious of these applications. Nevertheless, the above policy necessitates that NIA continue to reduce budgets for all competing RPG awards by an average of 18% below levels recommended in peer review in FY 2008. With this average reduction NIA is currently funding research project grant mechanisms to about the 14.2 percentile funding line. R01 applications from new investigators (by the NIH definition) will be funded to about the 19.2 percentile funding line. NIA expects to achieve a success rate of approximately 20.0 percent for research project grants in FY 2008.
NIA is following NIH cost control policies in other research and training mechanisms.
Also see the main NIA Funding Policies site for policies concerning particular mechanisms.