Obama’s NIH FY10 Budget

Grant applications in the NIH pipeline now that are not potentially eligible for ARRA funding will fall under the FY10 appropriation, which will come in at $30.9 billion, a whopping 1.4% increase over FY09. Most ICs will see their budget go up about that much, with greater gains going to NCI (3.6%), NIEHS (3.2%), and NCRR (2.1%) at the expense of the OD (-5.1%, bridge grants eliminated due to ARRA funding). The Chronicle of Higher Education includes a table breaking down budget allocations to all science funding agencies (except, oddly, the NSF, which will enjoy a 16% increase over FY09 levels to $7B).

The NIH Office of Budget also has tabular FY10 budget data as well as a budget justification of sorts. Research priorities identified include cancer (Obama has pledged to double funding in this area), autism, bioethics ($5M new initiative), and “Nanotechnology-related Environment, Health and Safety Research” ($9M to NIEHS). Common Fund budgetary priorities include doubling the T01 (transformative R01) program (total of $70M), continuing the New Innovator ($80M) and Pioneer ($41M) awards, and a brand new program:

Genotype/Tissue Expression Resources, or GTEx, which allows investigators to correlate changes in genetic sequence with global changes in gene expression across many tissues. In addition, the FY 2010 CF request has reserved up to $12 million for new projects that will be developed during FY 2009.

Biodefense spending will go up by 1%.

More than half of the budget (52.7%) goes toward RPGs (research project grants), with a 2% allowance for inflation and an underwhelming projected increase in the number of competing awards granted: 7.

The FY 2010 President’s Budget would fund a total of 9,849 new and competing renewal RPGs, an increase of 7 RPGs over the estimated FY 2009 level. Competing RPGs total $3,934 million, an increase of $79 million or 2 percent over the FY 2009 level. Due to the receipt of Recovery Act funds in FY 2009, NIH will temporarily suspend the NIH Director’s Bridge Award program in FY 2010; the vast majority of these funds are redistributed to the ICs.

The number of full-time training positions supported (via fellowships and institutional training grants) will go up by 101 (total of 17,742 positions).

Intramural research, which accounts for 10.4% of the total NIH budget, would receive a 1.5% increase ($3.2 B).

1 Comment »

  1. whimple said

    At least the NIH budget isn’t going down anymore. Or, at least, not until the financial-system bailout-mediated hyperinflation kicks in.🙂

    Of course, inflation had been holding steady at about twice the NIH’s increase until recent months, staying below 1% thus far in FY09 and is forecast to enter negative territory. Spain has entered a deflationary period (unemployment at 15.5%) – not that national deflation is the way to gain buying power with NIH funding … – writedit

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