FY 2014 Financial Management Plan

Introduction:

NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/about-niaaa).

Budget Information:

Additional information on the NIH budget and fiscal operations is posted at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/financial/.

Funding

Strategy

After a lengthy continuing resolution, the Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2014 (H.R. 3547) was signed by the President on January 17th.  NIH received a total of $29.9 billion, $1 billion above the fiscal year 2013 post-sequestration level. The FY 2014 appropriation for NIAAA provides $444.9 million.  This represents a $11.5 million or a 2.7% increase over the FY 2013 post-sequestration budget level.  This funding will continue support for basic bio-medical research and translational research through the programs like the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) and Institutional Development Award (IDeA) to support scientists as they conduct research to discover cures. Further, it provides full support for the NIH Office of Science Education and programs like the Science Education and Partnership Awards (SEPA) to support bio-medical research for the future. Many factors are considered in the selection of applications for award. These include: Integrated Review Group (IRG) percentile or priority scores, new (Type 1) or competing renewal (Type 2) status, proposed research in a special emphasis area, designation by NIAAA Advisory Council as projects having high program priority, uniqueness and the potential for high research payoff, and the need for bridge (interim) support pending review of amended renewal applications.

Unforeseen factors occurring throughout the fiscal year can affect the operating policies. Thus, policies are subject to change. For the most current information, it is always best to check with an appropriate Institute official.

Guidelines

These guidelines reflect NIAAA funding policy under the NIH Fiscal Operations Plan for FY 2014:

Competing Research Project Grants (RPGs) - Awards made for new and competing continuation grant applications will follow the guidelines below:

  • P01/R01/U01, Research Centers, and R24/R25/R28/U24 grants/cooperative agreements will be reduced to achieve an aggregate reduction equal to 10 percent of the direct costs of the project. Large projects with direct costs close to or exceeding $500,000 may require greater reductions, which will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • R21/R34 grants will be reduced by ¼ module if direct costs are at or above $100,000.
  • New Investigators The NIAAA is committed to helping first-time R01 awardees. Applicants eligible for consideration as first-time R01 investigators in FY 2014 will be paid using an extended percentile payline. Applications beyond the extended payline may also be considered for funding as exceptions. New Investigators just beyond the extended payline are invited to submit a letter to respond to the summary statement critique. These responses are reviewed by Program Staff, and when deemed appropriate, the application may be recommended to Institute leadership for award. Also, when making decisions on applications of high program priority, new investigator status is one of the criteria considered for funding beyond the formal payline.

NIAAA will follow the NIH Policy and work towards supporting new investigators on R01 equivalent awards at success rates equivalent to that of established investigators submitting new R01 equivalent applications.

Non-Competing Continuation (Type 5) Awards - Noncompeting awards will be issued at 97%  of the FY 2014 commitment level (including RPGs, SBIRs/STTRs, Centers, Ks and Other Research Grants).  This policy does not apply to projects supported by Ruth L. Kirschstein-National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowships & Institutional Training Grants.

Ruth L. Kirschstein-National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowships & Institutional Training Grants - All FY 2014 awards previously issued using FY 2012 stipend levels will be revised to adjust stipends to the FY 2014 level.  Current NIH policy on stipends can be found at the following URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-046.html.

Future Year Commitments on FY 2014 New and Competing Renewal Awards - Out-year commitments for continuation awards in FY 2015 and beyond will remain unchanged and subject to funds availability in the future.

Salary Limits:  The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive Pay scale. The Executive Level II salary has increased to $181,500 effective January 12, 2014. Current NIH policy on salary caps can be found at the following URL:  .http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-052.html.

Duration of Grants - The NIH requires the average length of award for Research Project Grants to be 4 years. The NIAAA does not expect to have to adjust the length of awards to meet this goal.

 

Last updated March 2014