Related Information

Additional information on budget policy and grants funding policies may be found at NIAMS Grant Funding Decisions

History of Actual Obligations - FY 1987 to present

History of Competing Research Project Grants - FY 2001 to present

Funding Plan Fiscal Year 2002

Updated September 4, 2002 (historical)

Each fiscal year, once an appropriation has been received, the Institute develops an operating plan for the funding of research and training grants. Many factors occurring throughout the fiscal year can affect the operating policies, thus they are subject to change. For the most current information, it is always best to check with an appropriate Institute official.

Research Project Grants

  • Competing research project grant applications will be paid through the percentile of 21.0.
  • Based on case-by-case review of grant applications by program directors, reductions from direct costs recommended will be within the following ranges:
    • Applications with a percentile of 9.9 or below will receive a reduction on average of approximately 6 percent.
    • Applications with a percentile of 10.0 and above will receive a reduction on average of approximately 9 percent.
    • No reductions will be taken on applications with direct costs less than $100,000.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to help stabilize noncompeting commitments in the future years, beginning in FY 2002 the NIAMS is implementing an accelerated funding strategy for 4- and 5-year awards. This means that rather than apply the same reduction to each year of the grant in the usual manner, the level of adjustment described above will be made in a gradual fashion with less reduction taken in the first 3 years of funding, and a larger reduction taken in years 4 and 5. THE TOTAL SUPPORT PROVIDED FOR THE PROJECT PERIOD OF THE GRANT WILL NOT CHANGE-ONLY THE TIMING OF THE FUNDS. For a more in-depth description of this policy and a table showing how this concept is applied using a sample modular grant, please click on the following link http://www.niams.nih.gov/About_Us/Budget/adjustment.asp .

  • A pool of $5.0 million has been set aside for selective payment. Applications chosen for select pay are those that do not fall within the current percentile payline but which are deemed to have particular relevance to the Institute's scientific and health priorities. Projects to be funded on this basis are recommended by Institute staff and/or advisory council members. Applicants may not apply for select pay consideration. Final decisions are made by the Director, NIAMS, following staff discussion.
  • The average length of award for research project grants will be 4 years.
  • Noncompeting continuation awards will be funded at the recommended level for FY 2002 that is reflected on the FY 2001 Notice of Grant Award.
  • SBIR/STTR
    • SBIR applications will be paid through the priority score of 188.
    • STTR applications will be paid through the priority score of 185.

Research Career Awards

  • K01/K02/K08/K25 applications will be paid through the priority score of 155.
  • K23/K24 applications will be paid through the priority score of 202.

Research Training

  • Research fellowship applications (F31, F32, and F33) will be paid through the priority score of 207.
  • Institutional training applications (T32) will be paid through the priority score of 139.