Underlying NIDCR’s Financial Management Plan is the Institute’s goal to provide stable levels of support for high quality scientific research. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 signed by President Obama on January 17, 2014 provided NIDCR $398.650M. Based on this Act, non-competing continuation grants (research and non-research) will be made at the commitment level indicated on the Notice of Award. FY 2014 non-competing continuation awards that were made prior to that date were generally funded at levels below that indicated on last year’s Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level). NIDCR intends to make upward adjustments to these grants to their full commitment level. Out-year commitments for continuation awards in FY 2015 and beyond will remain unchanged.
Payment of new and competing research project grants will be as close to peer review recommended levels as possible, given overall budgetary constraints. Inflationary increases for future year commitments will be discontinued for all competing and non-competing research grant awards issued in FY 2012, however adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) will continue to be accommodated. Funding for new and early stage investigators remains an Institute priority.
Consistent with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, the NIDCR will increase undergraduate and graduate student stipends by 2 percent. Entry level postdoctoral stipends will be increased to $42,000 with 4 percent increases between the individual levels of experience. See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-055.html
for the complete notice published in the NIH guide.
The NIDCR provides individual consideration to all applications. As the year progresses, the institute adjusts its plans to take into account the scientific merit of applications as reflected in the scores assigned during peer review, new scientific opportunities, changes in the projected number of applications, projected award costs, and other relevant factors.