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NIDCD FY 2012 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 2012. Thus, nonmodular grants, career development awards, Small Business Innovation Research grants and Small Business Technology Transfer grants will be supported without cost of living/inflationary increases.  Modular grants will be supported at the FY2012 recommended level. Additional information on the NIH 2012 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 January 20, 2012. Please refer to:

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%.

Inflationary increases for future year commitments will be discontinued for all research grant awards issued in FY 2012.  However adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) will continue to be accommodated.  

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