Major Changes in Budget Request
Fiscal Year 2013 Budget
Major changes by budget mechanism and/or budget program detail are briefly described below. Note that there may be overlap between budget mechanism and activity detail and these highlights will not sum to the total change for the FY 2013 President’s Budget request for NIEHS, which is $725 thousand less than the FY 2012 Enacted level, for a total of $684.030 million.
Research Project Grants (RPGs) (-$4.043 million; total $260.763 million): NIEHS expects to support a total of 676 RPG awards in FY 2013. Noncompeting RPGs will increase by 16 awards and decrease by $2.916 million from the FY 2012 level. Competing RPGs will decrease by one award and $1.042 million. NIH budget policy for RPGs in FY 2013 discontinues inflationary allowances and reduces the average cost of noncompeting and competing RPGs by one percent below the FY 2012 level. NIEHS will continue to support new investigators in FY 2013.
Clinical and Translational Research: Bench to Bedside to Public Health (+$9.153 million; total $202.131 million): Additional funding in this program will be used to support several programs. The Virtual Consortium for Translational/Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (ViCTER) program is being expanded, along with research on Climate Change and Health.
Exposure Biology/Exposure Measurement (-$7.602 million; total $23.110 million): The decrease in this program is due to the completion of the Disease Investigation through Specialized Clinically-Oriented Ventures in Environmental Research (DISCOVER) grants. Also, exposure detection technology work is progressing to the point where plans for FY 2013 and beyond call for reducing investment in new tools and focusing resources on validation and field testing of the new exposure assessment tools and biomarkers that have been identified through previous work.