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Funding Strategy: Fiscal Year 2010


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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 2010 appropriation for NCCAM is $128,844,000, which represents a 2.7 percent increase over the FY 2009 appropriation of $125,471,000.

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 2009 was 12 percent.
  • The success rate in FY 2010 was 11 percent.


Research Funding Guidelines

Based on the funds available for FY 2010 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 2 percent over the level paid in FY 2009. 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 impact scores of 24 or better are most likely to be funded.
  • Research Project Grants (R01):
    Applications that receive impact scores of 29 or better and fall within the 20th percentile range for the grant study section are most likely to be funded.
  • New or Early Stage Investigators:
    R01 applications from new or early stage investigators (by the NIH definition) that receive priority scores of 35 or better and fall within the 25th percentile range are most likely to be funded.

Budgets for awarded grants may be adjusted in funding level or duration, according to recommendations of the IRG, the NCCAM Advisory Council, the judgment of NCCAM staff, or NIH policy.


Previous Funding Strategies


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