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NIH Issues FY 2013 Fiscal Policy

May 10, 2013—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) May 8 posted the fiscal year (FY) 2013 NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards. In the notice, NIH said that "non-competing continuation awards that have already been made in FY 2013 were generally funded at levels below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level)... Such reductions may be partially restored, but are unlikely to be restored to the previous commitment level. Therefore, non-competing continuation grants (research and non-research) including those that remain to be issued in FY 2013 likely will be made at levels below those indicated on the Notice of Award. Commitments for continuation awards in FY 2014 and beyond will remain unchanged.”

The NIH also announced it “will make an effort to keep the average size of competing awards constant at FY-2012 levels, but is likely to make fewer competing awards in FY 2013." NIH further announced, "Inflationary increases for future year commitments will be discontinued for all competing research grant awards issued in FY 2013 extending the policy established in FY 2012, however adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) will continue to be accommodated."

Concerning training, the notice indicates that the stipend levels established in FY 2012 will be continued in FY 2013. NIH said that individual institute and center funding strategies would be posted shortly.


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