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NIDCD Fiscal Year 2023 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.

NIDCD Funding


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.

NIDCD establishes general guidelines for funding based on scientific merit, responsiveness to the institute's priorities, and availability of funds.


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

  • Non-competing awards

    The fiscal year 2023 plan is tentatively set to support non-competing awards at the level recommended in the fiscal year 2022 Notice of Grant Award.

  • Competing awards

    Generally, all percentiled R01s will be supported at 85 percent of the recommended level with two exceptions. Applications that are submitted with a modular budget format will not be reduced. R01 applications within the payline submitted with Early Stage Investigators as the Principal Investigators(s) are also not reduced administratively.

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

Inflationary increases for future year commitments will not be supported for any grant awards issued in fiscal year 2023. However, support requested and approved in the competing application for fluctuations in research needs will be considered.

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.

Early Stage Investigators

Details of the special consideration provided to Early Stage Investigators by NIDCD is available on the Support for Early Stage 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 on the NIH Office of Extramural Research's Policy and Compliance pages. Additional information on modular applications and awards is posted on the NIH Modular Research Grant Applications page.

For information about NIDCD and funding opportunities, see:

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