Research Funding News: New policy on NIH grant awards, new NICHD funding strategies

A new policy has been posted on the NIH Web site regarding NIH Fiscal Operations for the remainder of FY 2013 in light of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6), signed by President Obama on March 26, 2013, and the sequestration provisions of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act.

“NIH is operating at a program level of $29.15 billion in FY 2013, a decrease of about five percent from FY 2012,” according to the policy statement.   “Despite the reduced funding, the NIH remains committed to the mission of seeking fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burden of illness and disability.”

The full statement, containing information about how funding will be allocated due to the reduction, is available at:

Information on how the NICHD will allocate its remaining FY 2013 funding is available at:


About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation.  For more information, visit the Institute’s Web site at

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