Research and Funding

Inside NIA Archives: Paylines

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We posted an update to our funding policy on Friday. The sobering news is that for most areas of research within NIA’s mission the payline will be at the 8th percentile, with 5th percentile for... Read More
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Posted on February 25, 2015 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Last year (fiscal year 2014), we received $100 million of additional appropriated funds largely to support research on Alzheimer’s disease. We allocated those funds using mechanisms including... Read More
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Posted on February 18, 2015 by Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

This is an extremely difficult time in aging research, among the most challenging since I came to the NIA in 1993. Last week, we announced a funding line policy with the lowest payline in our history... Read More
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Posted on February 11, 2015 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

I wrote in December that 2015 is going to be a tough year for us, and so it is turning out to be. To recap that post, we are seeing increasing numbers of applications following the change in... Read More
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Posted on December 3, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We announced interim paylines on our funding policy site the other day. When you read that we are funding to the 5th percentile for research grants, and to a score of 14 on career awards and only... Read More
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Posted on September 24, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Fiscal year 2014 began with NIA staff—like many federal government workers—banned from our offices because the government was shut down. During the seemingly endless continuing funding... Read More
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Posted on March 26, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

With apologies to Dickens and to Chaplin… It is the best of times. When the dust cleared on our budget this year, the NIA was blessed with a 12.5%, $130 million increase over fiscal year... Read More
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Posted on January 29, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

With paylines being what they are at NIA and NIH, we tend to hear that discriminating among applications in the narrow range of scores represented by the top 20 percent of applications reviewed by... Read More
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Posted on December 11, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We have been here before. The continuing resolution provides some research funds—not a lot though. Like a ticking clock it winds down on January 15. And our backdrop is a familiar debate on... Read More
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Posted on October 30, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We just wrapped up the fiscal year. The quick summary? We scraped through. For research project grants like R01s, we held our payline (or funding line) to the same level as the prior two years. This... Read More
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Posted on August 21, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

As many people know, the federal budget situation in recent years has led to late starts in our annual award process. When we do not know how much money we will have for the year, we don’t make... Read More
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Posted on July 10, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Maybe you are a graduate student, a postdoc, or a new junior faculty member. You have carefully crafted a fellowship application or a career development application. Now, you sit on pins and needles... Read More
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Posted on June 26, 2013 by Chyren Hunter, Deputy Director and Training Officer, Division of Extramural Activities.

The NIA views support for research career development and pre and postdoctoral fellowship training as a priority. The availability of funds to support career development (K) and fellowship training (... Read More
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Posted on May 22, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Buried within our NIA 2013 funding policy is the apparently shocking statement that our payline for NIA-reviewed research grant applications is 13. When the top score is 10 and the lowest possible... Read More
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