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NIDCD FY 2011 Funding Guidelines

NIDCD FY 2011 Funding Guidelines


The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) supports biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. For more information, please refer to the NIDCD mission statement.

NIH Funding Information

NIH-wide financial plan information is available at:

NIDCD Funding


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.


Non-competing awards

The NIDCD will fund noncompeting continuation awards in accordance with the NIH Fiscal Policy for Non-Competing Grant Awards for FY 2011. Thus, nonmodular grants will be supported at a level that is reduced 1% from the FY2010 award level. Modular grants will be supported at 96.8% of the FY2011 recommended level. Additional information on the NIH 2011 fiscal policy for grant awards is available at:

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 April 25, 2011. Please refer to:

Support for career development awards will be at the FY 2011 recommended level.

Competing awards

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 2011 new and competing renewal R01 awards that are over $250,000 will be limited to a maximum 2% escalation factor. Modular grants do not receive an 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) FY2011 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.

New Investigators

Details of the special consideration provided to New Investigators by the NIDCD is available on the New Investigators page.

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