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Funding Strategy: Fiscal Year 2008


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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.


Budget Data

Appropriation: The FY 2008 appropriation for NCCAM is $121,577,000. NCCAM's FY 2008 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 2007 was 11 percent.
  • The success rate in FY 2008 is projected to be 11 percent.


Research Funding Guidelines

Based on the funds available for FY 2008 and trans-NIH policies, NCCAM will use the following guidelines for funding Research Project Grants (RPG).

Non-Competing Awards (Type 5): Consistent with NIH policy, NCCAM will pay non-competing continuation awards at an average inflation rate of 1 percent over the level paid in FY 2007. However, NCCAM retains the right to reduce this level in specific instances when necessary and appropriate. For example, such reductions would be made to eliminate any overlapping support identified, or if a change in a project's 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 155 and better are most likely to be funded.
  • Research Project Grants (R01):
    Applications that receive priority scores of 175 or better and, if applicable, fall within the 15th percentile range for the grant study section are most likely to be funded.

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.

January 29, 2008


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