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FY 2019 Funding Strategy for Research Grants

NINR Funding Guidelines:

Non-Competing Awards:

Non-competing grants will be funded at the committed level.

New and Competing Grants:

In general, grants will be funded with regard to priority score or percentile order. Additional considerations will include program relevance, portfolio balance and mission fit, NINR’s strategic priorities, duplication of ongoing research, availability of funds, and recommendations by the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. NINR will also place special emphasis on new and early stage investigators (NOT-OD-18-214 and NOT-OD-17-101), first competing renewals of new investigators, and competing renewals of established investigators with insufficient other support.

NINR may adjust R01 grants to maintain the average cost of competing RPGs at the FY 2018 level or lower, as directed by NIH policy. On average, this may result in a decrease from the Initial Review Group (IRG) recommended levels of requested direct costs.

Large Grants:

Research applications that exceed $350,000 in direct costs and are scored at the 16th percentile or priority score of 25 or better will be taken to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research for special consideration of the high budget.

NIH requires pre-approval for applications requesting direct costs of $500,000 or more in any year. The program director whose area of science incorporates the application must receive at least the following as part of the process to evaluate proposed high budget applications:

  • The cover page
  • Abstract of the proposal
  • All of the budget pages and budget justification
  • Specific aims

Inflationary Increases for Future Years:

There are no inflationary increases for future year commitments for all competing and non-competing research grant awards issued in FY 2019, however adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) will continue to be accommodated.

Salary Limits:

Section 202 of the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 prohibits payments for salaries under grants and other extramural mechanisms in excess of Executive Level II currently set at $189,600. See NOT-OD-19-031 for additional information.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA):

NIH will increase undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral stipends by 2 percent over the FY 2018 levels. Entry-level postdoctoral stipends will be increased to $50,004, as well as 4 percent increases between the individual levels of experience. The full range of stipend adjustments for FY 2019 is described at NOT-OD-19-036.

Additional information on this NIH policy may be found at:

Notice of Fiscal Policies in Effect for FY 2019 may be found at: