The NICHD distributes its resources among many diverse programs and mechanisms. The institute is committed to funding the largest number of meritorious projects possible, while allowing the flexibility needed to support selected program priorities and respond to emerging scientific opportunities.
When the President signs the NIH Appropriation, the funds for new and competing renewal research grant applications are allocated for the fiscal year. The Institute establishes general guidelines for funding based on this allocation, allowing for necessary adjustments throughout the year to reflect directives from Congress and the NIH, as well as emerging program priorities.
The following information represents the NICHD guidelines and operating procedures for FY2016.
Adjustments to Requested Budget Levels
The NICHD does not make "across-the-board" budget cuts to grants it intends to fund. However, in the interests of awarding as many grants as possible, adjustments are necessary, in part due to the following factors:
- A significant increase in the number of applications submitted
- A significant increase in the size of budget requests
- A large and growing commitment base for ongoing grants
- Limited growth in the NICHD budget to accommodate the first three factors.
NICHD is committed to the goal of supporting new investigators on R01 and R01-equivalent awards at success rates equivalent to those of established investigators. Applications submitted by new, early stage investigators are usually given special funding consideration, and the funding range for R01s submitted by new investigators extends beyond that for other investigators. In addition, special funding consideration may be given to research project grant applications submitted by new investigators supported by NICHD Career Development (K) Awards.
Competing Grant Applications
Research Project (R01) Grants:
For all R01 grants, the NICHD sets a baseline for new competing applications (Type 1) at approximately 17 percent below the recommended level of support. This baseline may serve as a benchmark for discussion regarding the award level. Reductions may be discussed with the Principal Investigator, with assessment of factors such as research scope, availability of other support, and program priorities.
The NICHD 2016 payline is the 10th percentile for new (Type 1) applications and 10th percentile for renewal (Type 2) and amended (-A1) applications.
For R01 applications from New Investigators and Early Stage Investigators, the payline is the 13th percentile.
For AIDS RPG (R01,R03, R21, P01) applications, the payline is at a payline of the 10th percentile.
Program Project (P01) Grants:
For program project grants, the NICHD sets a baseline for new competing applications (Type 1) at approximately 17 percent below the recommended level of support. This baseline may serve as a benchmark for discussion regarding the award level. Renewal (Type 2) applications are funded at a level not to exceed ten percent above the last non-competing (Type 5) award.
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Small Grants (R03) and Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21):
The 2016 payline for competing R03s and R21s is the 10th percentile, with no budget reduction.
The 2016 payline for R15 (AREA) is Priority Score 21, with no budget reduction.
STTR and SBIR (R41, R42, R43, and R44):
The 2016 payline for Phase I and Phase II SBIR applications is Priority Score 32. The 2016 payline for Phase I STTR applications is Priority Score 25 and Priority Score 27 for Phase II STTR applications.
Career Development Awards (K01, K02, K07, K08, K12, K22, K23, K24, K25, K30, K99):
The 2016 payline for competing K applications is Priority Score 14 with a differential payline for K99 applications of Priority Score 22.
The 2016 payline for R13/U13 applications is Priority Score 20.
Individual Fellowships (F31, F32, and F33):
The 2016 payline for F30 is at the 29 PS and parent F31 Fellowship applications is the 19th percentile. The 2016 payline for Diversity F31 Fellowship applications is the 20th percentile.
The 2016 payline for F32 Fellowship applications is the 26th percentile.
Institutional Training (T32 and T35):
The 2016 payline for T32s is at the 20PS.
Non-competing Continuation Grants (Type 5)
The non-competing FY 2016 level of support is presented on the FY 2016 award notice and generally reflects no cost of living/inflationary adjustments. The NICHD will support FY2016 awards at the following levels in the table below.
Non-competing (Type 5) Fellowship (F) and Training (T) grants will be adjusted to reflect FY 2016 stipend levels, per
Other NICHD Funding Considerations
- The legislated salary limitation for grants applies to both competing and non-competing grants. The limitations currently in effect were published in February 2014 (NOT-OD-16-045).
- Modular grants do not receive escalation in future years. Additional information on modular applications and awards is posted at
FY2016 Non-Competing Funding Levels
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