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  1. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

  2. Purpose • (1) preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery. • (2) assist those most impacted by the recession. • (3) provide investments to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health. • (4) invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits. • (5) stabilize state and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases.

  3. The Money and the Rules • The ARRA includes $21.5 billion in federal research and development funding. • National Institutes of Health (NIH), $10.4 billion; National Science Foundation (NSF) $3 billion; Department of Energy $1.6 billion, in stimulus funding. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) $180 million • The ARRA requires unprecedented reporting requirements and includes separate appropriations for agency inspectors general and the Government Accountability Office to monitor stimulus spending. • Federal granting agencies are expected to finalize the distribution plan for the funds before July 2009 and will be required to provide monthly reports on the uses of funds. • Funds must be obligated by prime recipients in a relatively short time period.

  4. Where else is the Money going? • Other Agencies: DOE [ENERGY] • State • City • NIH $10.4 Billion; $7.4 Billion to Institutes; $1 Billion to NCRR; $800 Million to OD

  5. National Science Foundation • Investments in science and technology to foster economic growth; create millions of high-tech, high-wage jobs that allow American workers to lead the global economy; improve the quality of life for all Americans; and strengthen our national security. • For these reasons, the budget doubles funding for basic research over 10 years, beginning with $3 billion for NSF in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and a 2010 budget that increases NSF funding by $950 million over FY 2008 • Supporting researchers at the beginning of their careers. Thus, substantial increases for NSF's prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship and Faculty Early Career Development programs. Budget. • Increases support for the Advanced Technological Education program, which focuses on two-year colleges and supports partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians. • Support for exploratory and high-risk research proposals that have that could fundamentally alter our understanding of nature, revolutionize fields of science and lead to radically new technologies.

  6. NIH Funding • 1) Choose among recently peer reviewed, highly meritorious R01 and similar mechanisms capable of making significant advances in two years. • 2) Fund new R01 applications that have a reasonable expectation of making progress in two years. • 3) Accelerate the tempo of ongoing science through targeted supplements to current grants. E.g.. competitively expand the scope of current research awards or supplement an existing award with additional support for infrastructure (e.g., equipment) that will be used in the two-year availability of these funds. • 4) New types of activities. For example, support a reasonable number of awards to jump start the new NIH Challenge Grant program. This program is designed to focus on health and science problem s where progress can be expected in two years. Number of awards and amount of funds will be based on the scientific merit and the quality of applications. From OD funds in the ARRA--NIH will support at least $100 to $200 million-but the science will drive the actual level. • 5) Other funding mechanisms as appropriate.

  7. Institutional Administrative Commitments • A possible increase in proposal submissions with new and/or updated proposal requirements, forms, and submission systems; • Rapid addition to the number and complexity of awards being managed and the number of associated transactions; • A need to enhance existing operating procedures and application of technology to facilitate more efficient work flow, as well as better track and monitor awards; • Additional and more frequent financial and programmatic reporting including new or updated federal requirements to report more detailed information; • Reassignments or redistributions of staff responsibilities to accommodate these anticipated increases in activities, including hiring.

  8. Institutional Commitment • Departmental and Center RIFs • PI RIFs • Division Heads • Chairs • Deans • EVPHA • EVPR (think before you “buy” and do so in groups for efficiency and fiscal reality)

  9. Stimulus/Recovery: Opportunities for Research Rita Thomas Wedig, PhD, RD, LD Adm. Dir. HSCRO Adj. Professor, SON

  10. NIH Summary 1. Jobs 2. Documentation

  11. NIH Summary cont. 2 year budget 4. Communication 9/09 – 9/11 to the community

  12. NIH Challenge Grants Directors/institutes portion of stimulus Across institutes Theme based/cutting edge $1 million for 2 years Counted as 1st major grant (like R01) Solicitation in next few weeks, short application time and review process.

  13. Recovery Act Limited Competition RFA-0D-09-003 NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research Application Due Date(s): April 27, 2009 $200 million, $1 million/2yr Renewals not permitted New investigators encouraged

  14. NIH Challenge Areas in Health and Science Research (1)  Behavior, Behavioral Change, and Prevention(2)  Bioethics(3)  Biomarker Discovery and Validation(4)  Clinical Research(5)  Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)(6)  Enabling Technologies(7)  Enhancing Clinical Trials(8)  Genomics(9)  Health Disparities(10)  Information Technology for Processing Health Care Data(11)  Regenerative Medicine(12)  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM)(13)  Smart Biomaterials – Theranostics(14)  Stem Cells(15)  Translational Science

  15. Stimulus/Recovery:Supplements to Existing Grants Administrative supplements Instrumentation supplements Good Score supplements 1-2 year “add-on” to existing NIH grant

  16. Administrative Supplements • The limit of this supplement is $100K (to be approved by NIAAA) or $300K (to be approved by NIAAA Council). • Please prepare the request with a justification on all or any of the following areas: • 1) the number of hires for which the supplement will be used; • 2) expectation of this supplement in the number of publications and/or product(s); • 3) other reasons for the supplement request (e.g. scientific advance and potential benefit to the US economy).

  17. Instrumentation Supplements The limit of this supplement is $100K (to be approved by NIAAA). Please prepare your request with a justification and a price quote.

  18. Good Score Supplements • Good score, but not funded – e.g. 22% • 2 years of full funding

  19. Notes: • 1) please send your request in a letter signed off by you and the contract official in your institution; • 2) you may apply for two supplements, one in each of the two categories; • 3) detailed instructions may be followed at a later time; • 4) the limits on the amount of money in your request(s) may be subjected to change. • 5) if you desire to request an instrument supplement that exceeds the limit of $100K, you must contact NIH National Center for Research Resources.(PAR-09-028 – due 3/23/09)

  20. “Add-on” Possible 1-2 year add-on to existing NIH grant – very vague – will need written justification Will NOT replace cost reductions in current grant

  21. McClain Example – NIAAA fundingPotential new resources over 2 years Administrative Instrument R37 AA010762 100,000 100,000 RO1 AA015970 100,000 100,000 RO1 AA018016 100,000 100,000 PO1 AA017103 200,000 100,000 Totals 500,000 400,000 ??DK071765 ?100,000 ?100,000 ?? VAMC

  22. GI Good Score Examples • Dr. Zhou – 195 score - 28% • Funding for 2 years $250,000 x 2 = $500,000 • Dr. Song – 187 score - 25% • Funding for 2 years $250,000 x 2 = $500,000 • Full 5 year funding - $250,000 x 5 = $1,250,000 for NEW investigator

  23. Questions