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In general, grants will be funded in priority score or percentile order. Additional considerations will include program relevance and need, NCCAM's strategic priorities, duplication of ongoing research, availability of funds, and recommendations by the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative medicine (NACCAM). NCCAM will also give additional consideration to applications from first-time R01 investigators (“new” and “early stage” investigators as defined by NIH).
Future Year Commitments of FY 2014 New and Competing Renewal Awards
NCCAM's funding policy is to award competing research project grants (RPGs) in accordance with the NIH Fiscal Policy for FY 2014.
- The NIH Guide Notice on FY 2014 NIH Fiscal Policy
- Guidance on the FY 2014 Legislative Mandates
- FY 2014 Salary Limitations on Grants
Duration of Grants
Competing awards are adjusted to achieve a 4‑year average duration for research project grants. Grants to early stage investigators, program project grants, and clinical trial grants are usually funded for the full length of their Council-recommended project period.
New and Early Stage Investigators
NCCAM will continue to help new and early stage investigators by seeking to equalize the success rates of new/early stage investigators and established investigators for new competing (Type 1) R01 and first renewal (Type 2) applications, in accordance with NIH guidelines as described at grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-013.html and at grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/.
Research Funding Guidelines
NCCAM will use the following guidelines for funding research project grants:
- New Research Project Grants
- NCCAM policy for new grants is to award them at the NACCAM-recommended level except for specific programmatic and administrative adjustments. All applications that do not exceed $250,000 in direct costs in any given year of support in the recommended competitive segment will be awarded under the modular concept. Applications requesting direct costs that exceed $250,000 in any year of support in the recommended competitive segment will be awarded with categorical budgets.
- Program Project Grants (Type 1 and Type 2)
- Type 1: The direct cost award will not exceed $1,515,000. Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs associated with first tier subcontracts are not included in the direct cost ceiling. Annual increases for recurring costs in noncompeting years are not allowed. Type 2: Direct costs will be awarded at the same amount shown on the Notice of Award for the last noncompetitive segment. As with new awards, annual increases for recurring costs are not allowed.
- Modular to Modular
- For competing renewal and MERIT extension grants that were modular awards in the preceding competitive segment and will be no more than $250,000 direct costs in any given year of the recommended competitive segment, NCCAM will award at the NACCAM-recommended direct cost amount except for specific programmatic and administrative adjustments. Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs for first-tier consortia are not considered in the direct cost base when calculating the maximum that can be requested.
- Modular to Categorical
- If the previous award is 9 or 10 modules, a requested increase will likely cause the competing renewal to be awarded as categorical. In all such cases, NCCAM will award at the NACCAM-recommended direct cost up to a maximum of 3 percent (10 percent for MERIT extensions) above the level of the last noncompeting award of the preceding competitive segment except for specific programmatic and administrative adjustments. The maximum may only be exceeded to accommodate specific programmatic and administrative adjustments that may be warranted or for nonrecurring equipment costs. Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs for first-tier consortia are not considered in the direct cost base when calculating the maximum that can be requested.
Continuation Awards (Type 5 Noncompeting Renewal)
NCCAM will award Type 5 research and non-research grants in FY 2014 at 97% of the commitment level. Awards previously issued will be revised in accordance with this policy. Non-competing awards will be issued without cost of living/inflationary adjustments in FY 2014; however adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) will continue to be accommodated. This policy applies to both modular and non-modular grants.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA): Consistent with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, and with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee to the Director regarding the Biomedical Research Workforce, the NIH will increase undergraduate and graduate student stipends by 2 percent. Entry level postdoctoral stipends will be increased to $42,000 with 4 percent increases between the individual levels of experience. The full range of stipend adjustments for FY 2014 is described at NOT-OD-14-046.