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About NIA

Fiscal Year 2001 Budget

Budget Policy

The Fiscal Year 2001 budget request for the NIA is $721,651,000, excluding AIDS, an increase of $37,933,000 and 5.5 percent over the FY 2000 level. Included in this total is $23,500,000 for the following NIH Areas of Special Emphasis:

Biology of Brain Disorders
New Approaches to Pathogenesis
New Preventive Strategies Against Disease
New Avenues for the Development of Therapeutics
Genetic Medicine
Health Disparities

A five year history of FTEs and Funding Levels for the NIA are shown in the graphs below:

FTEs by Fiscal Year

Funding Levels by Fiscal Year

One of NIH's highest priorities is the funding of medical research through research project grants (RPGs). Support for RPGs allows NIH to sustain the scientific momentum of investigator-initiated research while providing new research opportunities. To control the growth of continuing commitments and support planned new and expanded initiatives, the Fiscal Year 2001 request provides average cost increases of 2 percent over Fiscal Year 2000 for competing RPGs. Noncompeting RPGs will receive increases of 2 percent on average for recurring costs. This strategy will ensure that NIH can maintain a healthy number of new awards, especially for first time researchers.

Promises for advancement in medical research are dependent on a continuing supply of new investigators with new ideas. In the Fiscal Year 2001 request, NIA will support 526 pre- and postdoctoral trainees in full-time training positions. Stipends will increase by 2.2 percent over Fiscal Year 2000 levels.

The Fiscal Year 2001 request includes funding for 64 research centers, 193 other research grants, including 164 clinical career awards, and 54 R&D contracts. The mechanism distribution by dollars and percent change are displayed below: 

FY 2001 Budget Mechanism


FY 2001 Estimate