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NIDCD FY 2009 Funding Guidelines

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) 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.

The NIDCD establishes general guidelines for funding based on scientific merit, responsiveness to the Institute's priorities, and availability of funds. Special consideration is also given to New Investigators.

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, the following guidance applies to noncompeting continuation grant applications:

The NIDCD is supporting noncompeting continuation grant applications at the most recently committed level. That is, the amount recommended for FY 2009 as reflected in the FY 2008 Notice of Grant Award will be provided. Additional information is available in the NIH Guide at:

For FY 2009, the following guidance applies to competing grant applications:

Institute staff review and determine the final budgets of percentiled R01 applications which have been recommended for funding. Typically, no reductions will be taken on applications submitted from New Investigators or for those with recommended direct costs equal to or less than $150,000 in each recommended year of support. All other percentiled R01 applications will be supported on average at 85%.

Future year commitments on FY 2009 new and competing renewal R01 awards that are over $250,000 will be limited to a 3% escalation factor. Modular grants do not receive a 3% escalation factor in future years.

Support for NIDCD competing training grant and fellowship applications will be in accordance with the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program levels. In addition, support for postdoctoral trainee positions is limited to four slots.

Career development grant applications are generally supported at the recommended levels.

All other competing grant applications will be reviewed by program directors to determine an appropriate support level.

NIDCD allocates the majority of its research project grant funds to applications in ranked (percentile or priority score) order. However, a proportion of the funds is reserved for projects that may be outside this range but are of particular programmatic interest to the Institute, for example support of New Investigators.

In FY 2009, the NIDCD has received funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Details of how the NIDCD plans to invest these funds in the scientific community are available at

Additional Information and Resources for Grantees

Officials from institutions that may be receiving NIH grant support for the first time should read the NIH Welcome Wagon Letter. All relevant extramural funding policies can be found at the NIH Office of Extramural Research website entitled Grants Policy and Guidance. Additional information on modular applications and awards is posted at