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FY2014 Fiscal Operations Plan

October 1, 2013 — October 16, 2013

The federal government was shut down.

October 16, 2013 — January 15, 2014

The NEI is operating under a continuing resolution (H. R. 2775/Public Law 113-46), which provides $195M to fund operations. See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-012.html. $10M is allocated to Research Management Support, $24M to the Intramural Research Program, and $161M to Extramural Research. NEI will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level generally up to 90% of that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award. Upward adjustments will be considered after FY2014 appropriations are enacted, but institutions are urged to carefully monitor expenditures during this period. All legislative mandates that were in effect in FY2013 remain in effect, see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-034.html.

January 15, 2014 — September 30, 2014

The NEI is operating for the remainder of the Fiscal Year under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R.3547/Public Law 113-76), see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-055.html.

Non-competing awards: The Research Project Grants (RPG) in this category includes the R00, R01, R21, R34, and DP2 grant mechanisms. NEI RPGs will be issued at 98% of the previously-committed level on the most recent Notice of Award (NOA). All continuing RPGs which had been reduced to the 90% level earlier in the year will be reissued with an upward adjustment to the 98% level. NOAs for all other continuing grant mechanisms will be issued at the recommended level. No annual inflationary increments will be provided in the future for any grants.

Competing Awards: NEI expects to issue a total of 272 competitive RPG awards (compared with 267 in FY2013, a 1.9% increase). The award rate (number of applications funded divided by the number of applications reviewed) for RPGs is anticipated to be 25.4%, with average total costs of $404,518 (compared with $404,300 in FY2013, a 0.05% increase). NEI will continue to support new investigators on R01-equivalent grant awards at a success rate equivalent to that of established investigators submitting new R01-equivalent applications. Approximately 60% of these new investigators will be Early Stage Investigators (within seven years of the terminal professional degree). NEI will also continue to manage the portfolio average length of RPG grants to four years, by funding approximately equal numbers of three, four, and five year awards. This is done to insure, as much as possible, that equivalent numbers of competitive renewal applications will compete for funds in future years.

The numbers of Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards will remain relatively constant, compared with the FY2013 levels. Undergraduate and graduate student stipends will increase by 2%. Entry-level postdoctoral stipends will increase to $42,000, with 4% increases between the individual levels of experience. See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-046.html.

NEI anticipates that the numbers of Small Business, Center Core, Career Development, R24 Resource, training, fellowship, and cooperative clinical research awards will remain relatively constant compared with the FY2013 levels.

Salary Limits will increase by 1%, from $179,700 to $181,500, see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-052.html.

Last Updated: April 2014