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NIDCD FY 2010 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) 2010, the following guidance applies to noncompeting continuation grant applications:

The NIDCD will fund noncompeting continuation awards in accordance with the NIH Fiscal Policy for Non-Competing Grant Awards for FY 2010. In general, this policy supports noncompeting continuation applications at 99% of the fiscal year 2010 recommended level. At NIDCD, grant mechanisms that will be supported at this level are: R01, R03, R21, P01, P30, P50, U01 and U24.

Support for noncompeting training grants and fellowships will be in accordance with the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) budgetary levels announced in the NIH Guide on January 13, 2010. Please refer to:

Support for career development awards will be at the FY10 recommended level.

For FY 2010, 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 2010 new and competing renewal R01 awards that are over $250,000 will be limited to a maximum 3% escalation factor. Modular grants do not receive a 3% escalation factor in future years.

Support for cost items in NIDCD competing training grant and fellowship applications will be in accordance with the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) FY10 budgetary levels ( In addition, support for slots in training grants will be established based on previous support levels and/or availability of funds.

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 portion of the funds is reserved for projects that may be outside this range but are of particular programmatic interest to the Institute.

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