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Fiscal year 2014 funding strategy

The Fogarty International Center distributes its resources among many programs and mechanisms. Fogarty is committed to funding the largest number of meritorious projects possible, while allowing the flexibility needed to support selected program priorities and to respond to emerging scientific opportunities.

Fogarty establishes general guidelines for funding based on the overall appropriation, allowing for necessary adjustments throughout the year to reflect directives from Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Fogarty Strategic Plan, interests of co-funding partners and emerging program priorities.

During the course of any given fiscal year, multiple factors could affect the implementation of the Fogarty funding strategy. Subscribe to Fogarty's weekly funding news email to receive periodic updates.

Current Appropriations

Fogarty is currently operating under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R. 3547/Public Law 113-76), signed by President Obama on January 17, 2014. The Act provides NIH with $30.15 billion, an increase of $1 billion (program level) over fiscal year 2013. NIH will continue to manage its portfolio in biomedical research investments in a manner that includes recognizing applications from and providing special incentives for new investigators. Learn more about the NIH fiscal policy for fiscal year 2014 grant awards.

Strategy and Guidelines

The success rate of competing applications varies by program, but generally ranges between 10 and 15 percent. Funding decisions are based on the number of high-quality applications, the overall number of applications, and the availability of funds. Fogarty funds a large number of initiatives with collaborating funding partners that include other NIH Institutes and Centers, other government agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs).

In certain programs, the program relevance of Fogarty's funding partners can also be a factor that affects the selection of grants to be funded. Fogarty's cost-management plan strives to award grants at funding levels that are close to, but slightly less than, the amount recommended by the review groups and the Fogarty Advisory Board. Funding decisions take into account program relevance and overall portfolio consideration, including responsiveness to the Fogarty Strategic Plan. Final funding decisions are made by the Fogarty Director, Dr. Roger I. Glass.

Non-competing Research Project Grants and Research Training Awards

Fogarty will issue non-competing research grant awards at 97 percent to 100 percent of the recommended levels for FY 2014. All future years will be adjusted accordingly.

New and Competing Awards

To provide adequate funds for new and re-competing grants, funded levels may be less than requested or recommended for FY 2014. Most Fogarty competing research and research training grant programs will be funded at 85 to 95 percent of the recommended level for FY 2014. All future years will be adjusted accordingly.

Unfunded Applications

Competing applications submitted and reviewed during FY 2014 that are not funded will be administratively deactivated in June 2015.

Competing Grants Issued with Significant Budget Reductions

Fogarty considers reductions in funding (greater than 25 percent of the total costs of the IRG recommended level for the competitive year) to be a change in scope. Fogarty staff will request revised budgets and specific aims if this occurs.

Research Funding Opportunities

Fogarty uses two methods to solicit applications for research and research training awards: Requests for Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs). Find information about Fogarty Program, both extramural programs currently accepting applications and past programs.

Fogarty employs a variety of funding mechanisms to meet programmatic objectives. Current funding mechanisms and related active program announcements include:

  • Research Projects Grants (R01)
  • Small Research Grants (R03)
  • Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21)
  • International Training Planning Grants (D71)
  • Cooperative Agreements (U19)
  • International Training Grants (D43)
  • Educational Projects (R25)
  • Research Scientist Development Awards (K01)
  • Independent Scientist Award (K02)

For more information about current research and training programs, please see Fogarty Funding Opportunities.

Strategy for New Investigators

Fogarty is committed to providing opportunities for new investigators and has converted many of its ongoing programs to the Program Announcement (PA) format. This allows new investigators to compete annually and submit amended applications for Fogarty awards.

Updated February 12, 2014