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Funding Strategy: Fiscal Year 2006
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NCCAM distributes its resources among many programs and mechanisms. The Center is committed to funding the largest number of meritorious projects possible, while allowing the flexibility needed to support selected program priorities and to respond to emerging scientific opportunities.
The Center establishes general guidelines for funding based on the overall NCCAM appropriation, allowing for necessary adjustments throughout the year to reflect directives from Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as emerging program priorities.
Appropriation: The FY 2006 appropriation for NCCAM is $122,692,000. After rescissions and agency 'taps' applied to all NIH Institutes and Centers, the remaining NCCAM budget allocation is $120,379,000. NCCAM's FY 2006 budget is flat, but remains at an historic high for funding of CAM research, research training, and information dissemination.
Success Rate: The success rate represents the number of competing research project grant applications funded as a percentage of the total number of new research project grant applications received. NCCAM's success rate in FY 2005 was 17 percent and is projected to be 8 percent in FY 2006.
Research Funding Guidelines
Based on the funds available for FY 2006 and trans-NIH policies, NCCAM will use the following guidelines for funding Research Project Grants (RPG).
Non-Competing Awards (Type 5): NCCAM will follow the NIH policy to pay 97.65 percent of committed levels for non-competing continuation awards. However, NCCAM retains the right to reduce the funding level further when necessary and appropriate. For example, such reductions would be made to eliminate any overlapping support identified or if a change in project scope were to occur.
New and Competing RPG Awards (Type 1): NCCAM will make competing awards using the following general priority scores and, where appropriate, percentiles.
Exploratory/Development Grants (R21):
- Applications that receive priority scores of 150 and better are most likely to be funded.
- Applications that receive priority scores of 175 and better or fall within the 15th percentile range for the grant study section are most likely to be funded.
- Applications that receive scores of 150 and better will likely be funded at 100 percent of the recommended allowable direct costs.
- Applications that receive priority scores of 151 through 160 will likely be funded at 94 percent of the recommended allowable direct costs.
- Applications that receive priority scores of 161 through 175 will likely be funded at 88 percent of the recommended allowable direct costs.
In addition, budgets for awarded grants may be further adjusted according to recommendations of the study section, the NCCAM Advisory Council, or the judgment of NCCAM staff.
Duration of RPGs: NCCAM makes 5-year awards that are well justified. However, NIH as a whole is required to limit the average length of all RPGs to 4 years or less. To achieve this average, NCCAM may award 4 years of support for many applications that requested and were recommended for 5 years.
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