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NIDCD FY 2014 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, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. For more information, please refer to the NIDCD mission statement.

NIH Funding Information

NIH-wide financial plan information is available here.

NIDCD Funding


The 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.


The NIDCD will implement the NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards as follows:

Non-competing awards

The NIDCD will fund noncompeting continuation awards, except Research Core Centers (P30s), at the level recommended for FY2014 in the FY2013 notice of grant award. Support levels for P30s may be reduced up to 10% from the FY2014 recommended level. 

Competing awards

Generally, all percentiled R01s will be supported at 85% of the recommended level with two exceptions. First, applications with direct costs equal to $150,000 in all years will not be reduced. Applications from New Investigators will generally be reduced less than other percentiled R01s but may be reduced up to 15% (supported at 85%) based on the availability of funds. 

Inflationary increases for future year commitments will not be supported for all grant awards issued in FY 2014. However, support requested and approved in the competing application for fluctuations in research needs will be considered.  

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

The 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 on the NIH Modular Research Grant Applications page.