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Fiscal year 2019 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. 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 Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 115-245), signed into law on September 28, 2018. See Notice of Fiscal Policies in Effect for FY 2019 (NOT-OD-19-031). With the passage of the Act, NIH received a 5.6 percent increase over the FY 2018 final funding level, for a total of $39.3 billion in program level funding.

Strategy and Guidelines

The success rate of competing applications varies by program, but generally ranges between 10 and 25 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 or 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

In general, Fogarty will issue non-competing research grant awards at the recommended levels for FY 2018.

New and Recompeting Awards

To provide adequate funds for new and recompeting grants, funds awarded may be slightly less than the amounts requested in the application or recommended by the Initial Review Group (IRG).

Unfunded Applications

Competing applications submitted and reviewed during FY 2019 that are not funded will be considered in NIH eRA Commons as deactivated in June 2020.

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 Programs, 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)
  • Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21)
  • International Training Planning Grants (D71)
  • Cooperative Agreements (U19)
  • International Training Grants (D43)
  • Educational Projects (R25)
  • Research Scientist Development Awards (K01)
  • Cooperative Agreements (U01)
  • International Training Cooperative Agreements (U2R)
  • International Career Development Award (K43)

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 November 27, 2018