NIDDK FY 2007 Funding Policy : NIDDK

NIDDK FY 2007 Funding Policy

The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is committed to supporting as many meritorious competing research grant applications as possible while meeting program priorities and other trans-NIH priorities including buttressing core areas of vulnerability such as 1) the ability of new investigators to compete for support in these difficult financial times, and 2) protecting our investment in well established investigators with little or no other significant support (see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-07-030, NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2007). To maximize our available resources, grant awards will continue to be subject to programmatic adjustments from the NIDDK Advisory Council approved levels. These adjustments take into consideration the overall scientific and technical merit of the grant application as well as the cost of the proposed research.

Competing New and Renewal Research Grants

Competing Awards (Type 1 [new] and Type 2 [renewal or competing continuation] applications) will be administratively reduced from NIDDK Advisory Council approved levels to achieve an average award amount equal to the average FY 2006 levels. NIH FY 2007 policy includes the provision of a 3% escalation factor in the amounts indicated for future years on competing awards based on non-modular applications.

Non-competing Continuation Awards

Consistent with the NIH Financial Policy for Grant Awards - FY2007 (NOT-OD-07-049) non-competing modular and non-modular grants (Type 5) of the following mechanisms - R01, R03, R13, R15, R18, R21, R24, R25, R33, R34, R35, R37, R55, P01, P30, P42, P50, P60, S06, U01, U13, U19, and U24 - will be issued at 97.1% of their previously committed levels. Non-competing awards previously issued in FY 2007 at reduced levels will be revised to provide a restoration of funds to the 97.1% level. Amounts indicated for future budget periods will be adjusted as well.

New Investigators

Fostering the success of new investigators establishing careers in biomedical research is a high priority of the NIDDK and NIH. The emphasis NIDDK focuses on new investigators is exhibited in the special consideration given in determining both funding priority and period of support. NIDDK routinely considers new investigator applications for payment, including those that score outside of the normal funding range. Consistent with NIH guidelines articulated in NOT-OD-07-030, NIDDK will maintain a number of new investigators comparable to the average of the most recent five years. In addition when possible and appropriate the full period of support recommended for funded new investigator grants will be awarded.

Duration of Grant Support

Competing awards are adjusted to achieve a 4 year average duration for research project grants. Nevertheless, applications from new investigators, initial MERIT awards, MERIT extensions, program project grants, and clinical trial grants are generally awarded for the full length of their recommended project period.

NIDDK Exploratory Research Grant (R21) Program

In response to the advice and recommendations of its Advisory Council, NIDDK has refocused the R21 program. NIDDK uses R21 grants to support projects within its research mission that are:
  • Innovative, high pay-off, paradigm-shifting projects
  • Novel technology and tool development
  • Applications of existing methods, technologies, or conceptual approaches from outside biomedical science to a problem in the NIDDK mission
  • Pilot clinical trials or clinical studies

Most projects are not suitable for the R21 mechanism. In considering whether to submit an R21 application investigators should consider the following:

  • Projects of limited scope or cost that use widely accepted approaches and methods within established fields are NOT appropriate for an R21 application.
  • A proposal designed to generate preliminary data for a longer-term project in a well-established research area is NOT appropriate for an R21 application.
  • Applications from new investigators to gather preliminary data for a standard R01 are not appropriate for the R21 mechanism.
  • R21 proposals submitted by new investigators will NOT be given special priority for funding. The NIDDK believes new investigators are better served by the R01 award for which they are given special priority. Please see Resources for New Investigators.
The NIDDK will support highly risky projects if the proposed research holds promise for a major advance in biomedical research. Although preliminary data are not required, the applicant should provide evidence of his/her ability to carry out the proposed research project. The success rate of NIDDK R21 applications in the past has been highly variable and differs from the success rate for obtaining R01 awards.

Potential applicants are strongly advised to discuss a prospective proposal with a member of NIDDK Program Staff in order to determine whether it is appropriate to submit as an R21 application.

Program Project (P01) Grant Applications and Applications with budgets greater than $500K

NIDDK has adopted a more stringent funding practice for awarding program project (P01) grants and investigator-initiated grant applications with budgets of $500,000 direct costs in any one year. Prior approval is required before submitting an application for review that requests $500,000 or more in direct costs in any one year. The request to submit such applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the proposed submission date. Prior approval is required for renewal and revised applications as well as new applications. Please consult with the appropriate NIDDK program staff and visit the following site for information on research areas supported by NIDDK:

New (Type 1) program project (P01) applications may request a maximum of $5 million in direct costs over five years, exclusive of the subcontract Facilities & Administrative (F&A) costs. Renewal (competing continuation [Type 2]) program project applications may request up to $6.25 million in direct costs over five years, exclusive of Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs associated with the subcontract(s). In addition to the caps on the amount requested, P01 awards are subject to administrative adjustment from the Advisory Council approved levels. Additional information regarding the P01 applications and their receipt dates can be found:

Bridge Support

In cases where a competing renewal application falls near but beyond the general payline, NIDDK will continue to consider interim support on a case-by-case basis and provide limited, support in selected cases. The goal is to preserve essential research resources pending the re-review of a revised application. NIDDK can choose to award a one- or two-year R56 grant to an R01 application scored outside the payline. These provide support for an investigator to collect preliminary data in order to submit an improved revised R01 application.

As indicated in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-07-056Announcing the NIH Director’s Bridge Awards the NIH is taking specific steps to buttress investigators whose R01 applications receive review scores near the Institute or Center (IC) nominal payline and who have limited additional support. Investigators submitting a competing renewal research project grant (R01) application or the first revision of the competing renewal application (A1), who just miss the nominal funding payline for the IC to which it is primarily assigned may be nominated for the NIH Director’s Bridge Award (NDBA) by the administering NIH Institute, provided the PI has less than $200,000 in other support (total costs) from all sources to fund their research. Nominations will be sent to the NIH Office of the Director for final selection for the NDBA. NDBA recipients will receive R56 awards for a single year. Note that applicants may not apply for a NDBA and they may not nominate themselves.

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