Major Changes in Budget Request
Fiscal Year 2011 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 2011 budget request for NIEHS, which is $17.774 million more than the FY 2010 Estimate, for a total of $707.339 million.
Research Project Grants (RPGs) (+$6.859 million; total $276.096 million): NIEHS expects to support a total of 644 RPG awards in FY 2011. Noncompeting RPGs will increase by 2 awards and $1.808 million. Competing RPGs will increase by 9 awards and $4.917 million. The NIH Budget policy for RPGs in FY 2011 is to provide an inflationary increase of 2% for noncompeting awards and allow a 2% increase in the average cost of competing RPGs. NIEHS will continue to support new investigators in FY 2011.
Clinical and Translational Research: Bench to Bedside to Public Health (+$4.822 million; total $186.772 million): Additional funds in this area will be used to enhance clinical and translational research activities associated with the overall NIEHS portfolio on cancer. Additional funds will also support clinical and translational research within the Virtual Centers for Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (ViCTER) program.
Toxicity Testing and Evaluation (+$2.000 million; total $83.228 million): The additional funds will be used to support cooperative agreements to assist in the creation of refined toxicology methods to evaluate long-term outcomes from exposures during development.
Pathways for Future Environmental Health Scientists (+2.412 million; total $48.377 million): Funds will support additional awards under NIEHS' signature career development program, Outstanding New Environmental Scientists (ONES), as well as an increase in NRSA stipends.
Intramural Research (+$5.825 million; total $187.855 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, including operation of the Clinical Research Unit. Funds will also be used for expenses associated with the pay increase and for laboratory supplies, materials and other expenses.