NINR has developed funding principles consistent with the overall NIH goals, considering the funds provided this fiscal year.
NINR will issue these at a 5.2 percent reduction in FY 2013; however adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) will continue to be accommodated. This policy applies to all grants (research and non-research) when applicable.
New and competing grants:
In general, grants will be funded in priority score or percentile order. Additional considerations will include program relevance and need, NINR’s strategic priorities, duplication of ongoing research, availability of funds, and recommendations by the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. Council and program staff may selectively recommend the payment of grants out of priority score order based on Institute mission and priorities and to maintain a diverse and balanced portfolio. NINR will also place special emphasis on new investigators (NOT-OD-09-013), first competing renewals of new investigators, and competing renewals of established investigators with insufficient other support.
We realize that the increasingly high overall average cost of NINR grants is largely attributable to the high percentage of clinical studies. NINR may make adjustments to R01 grants to maintain the average cost of competing RPGs at the FY 2012 level or lower, as directed by NIH policy.
Research Applications that request $350,000 or more direct costs in any year for which an award may be made and are scored 30 or better will be taken to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research for special consideration of the high budget.
NIH/NINR requires pre-approval for applications requesting direct costs of $500,000 or more in any year. The program director whose area of science incorporates the application must receive at least the following as part of the process to evaluate proposed high budget applications:
- The cover page
- Abstract of the proposal
- All of the budget pages and budget justification
- Specific aims
Inflationary Increases for Future Years:
Inflationary increases for future year commitments will be discontinued for all competing and non-competing research grant awards issued in FY 2013, however adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) will continue to be accommodated.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA):
The NINR will maintain the same level of support established in FY 2012 in FY 2013. (NOT-OD-12-033)
Section 203 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act prohibits payments for salaries under grants and other extramural mechanisms to rates in excess of Executive Level II. (NOT-OD-12-035)
Additional details on Fiscal Operations, including specific funding strategies for ICs will be posted at the NIH’s Financial Operations Website. The new NIH policy on Efficient Spending related to grants supporting conferences and meetings is described at: (NOT-OD-12-041).