NB: The ARRA Stimulus Funding Resources Page provides deadlines and links organized both by funding opportunity and by IC as well as the writedit Challenge Grant narrative template and other useful resources.
Back online! Separate “Changes” page summarizing key points and tabulating updated information is very helpful.
NIAID has taken the lead and announced its strategy for distributing its $1.1B in stimulus funding, which includes spending at least 75% for unsolicited research grants that fall into the following categories:
2-year R01s that rank from 12.1 through the 25 percentile that were submitted but not funded in FY 2008 or FY 2009
Other grant types at a comparable level (e.g., R21, R03)
– automatically extend FY08 awards for an additional year
– new awards depending on availability of funds and score
NIAID will not use money for foreign grants, clinical trials, or epidemiology projects (latter cannot be completed in 2 years). No escalation is provided for the second year. New and early-stage investigators will get a 4-5 year award, and NIAID may award or extend some fellowships and career awards. NIAID plans to fund an extremely small number of administrative or competitive supplements.
Coming soon is a high-end Shared Instrumentation Grant Program initiative for items such as electron microscopes and cyclotrons, which will open in May 2009. Limit on equipment cost will be around $8 million.
NCRR will publish two funding opportunities for construction and alteration and renovation: one to renovate core facilities, the other for general alterations and renovations. Both will allow requests up to $10 million and do not require institutional matching.
As usual, NIAID has a great all-purpose tutorial on ARRA stimulus funding, including what to expect/do if you are tapped for stimulus funding and a look ahead to the grim reality that awaits us all in 2011:
In the FY 2011 budget, NIAID will have whatever percent increase that it will receive to the budget after FY 2009. It’s not likely to increase to make up for the end of the stimulus funds.
Hundreds of grants funded with stimulus money will end in FY 2011, and many of those investigators will be applying to renew their funding. In addition, many other investigators will likely apply for funding in FY 2011, including people trying to renew their grants.
However, the Institute does not expect the growth in our base funding to establish a payline to continue funding all those grants. Neither will NIAID have R56-Bridge award money to extend them.
As a result, we expect the payline to drop precipitously. So FY 2011 will be a very difficult year for people to secure funding, whether they are funded from the stimulus funds or the regular appropriation.
In any case, you may want to think about different strategies for applying. For example:
* Start writing your next grant now for FY 2010 funding on a different but related topic.
* Get the research done so you can strongly justify your grant’s recompetition. Keep your timing options open, recognizing that FY 2011 will be a really difficult year for applicants.