FY 2009 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 2009 budget request for NIEHS, which is +$.622 million more than the FY 2008 Enacted, for a total of $642.875 million.
Research Project Grants (RPGs) (-$2.286 million; total $227.958 million): NIEHS will support a total of 540 RPG awards in FY 2009. Noncompeting RPGs will decrease by -3 awards and increase by +$2.264 million. Competing RPGs will decrease by -12 awards and decrease by -$4.483 million. The NIH Budget policy for RPGs in FY 2009 is to provide no inflationary increases in noncompeting awards and no increase in average cost for competing RPGs. Intramural Research and Research Management and Support receive modest increases to help offset the cost of pay and other increases. NIEHS will continue to support new investigators and to maintain an adequate number of competing RPGs.
Basic Mechanisms in Human Biology (-$2.871 million; total $246.056 million): Fewer competing awards will be made in this area. NIEHS is also redirecting some funds from this area to Community-linked & Global Environmental Health Research and Pathways for Future Environmental Health Scientists.
Interdisciplinary, Integrated Research (-$.947 million; total $61.675 million): Fewer competing awards will be made in this area. NIEHS is also redirecting some funds from this area to Community-linked & Global Environmental Health Research.
Community-linked & Global Environmental Health Research (+$1.300 million; total $33.134 million): Funds are being redirected to this area to support a variety of research, outreach and education activities to prevent, reduce, or eliminate environmental exposures that may lead to adverse health outcomes in communities.
Pathways for Future Environmental Health Scientists (+$.672 million; total $29.344 million): NIEHS will continue to support the Outstanding New Environmental Scientists (ONES) Program and other activities to attract exceptional researchers to the environmental health sciences field. In FY 2009 NIEHS will provide 1% stipend increases for all pre- and post-doc National Research Service Award trainees. This increase is offset by a decrease in the number of trainees.
Intramural research (+$2.638 million; total $172.850 million): The additional funds will be used for scientific recruitments to broaden the intramural research scientific base with expertise consistent with the NIEHS strategic plan. The increase will also offset the expenses associated with the pay increase and be used for laboratory supplies, materials, and other expenses.