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Message from the NINR Director: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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February 27, 2009 (Updated March 19, 2009)

A Message from the NINR Director

Subject:   NIH’s Role in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). NINR, and all of NIH, are grateful to the President and to the Congress for recognizing the benefits of a strong investment in the research and training programs of the NIH. NINR is especially pleased that a portion of the ARRA funds will reach the nursing research community. 

The ARRA provides $10.4 billion to NIH, available for two years (FYs 2009 and 2010). For more information on the broad purposes for this funding, please see the following:

NINR is working to determine how to best invest the resources allocated to us. Funds will be distributed so as to support the best scientific research highly relevant to the NINR research mission, and which has expectations of producing results within the two-year period of the funding provided by ARRA. Full details remain to be determined, but broadly, NINR will seek to:

Support recently peer reviewed, highly meritorious R01 applications (and other similar mechanisms) capable of making significant advances with a two-year grant.

Support new R01 applications (and other similar mechanisms) received in response to ARRA-supported RFAs that have a reasonable expectation of making progress in a two-year grant.

Accelerate the tempo of ongoing science through targeted supplements to current grants.

NINR has developed a webpage to provide information on ARRA and ARRA-related funding opportunities at NINR and across NIH:

This page will be updated as new ARRA-related Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are published in the NIH Guide, so please visit this page often in the coming weeks and months. We will also use e-mail alerts to notify the community when new FOAs for ARRA funding are announced.

I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the ARRA and to keep watching for additional announcements from NINR and NIH.

Patricia A. Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, NINR

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