NINDS Funding Strategy FY 2018

Operations Under a Continuing Resolution

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including NIH, operates under the “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017,” (Public Law 115-56) signed by President Trump on September 8, 2017.  This Act (CR) continues government operations through December 8, 2017 at 99.3209 percent of the FY 2017 enacted level.

Continuing the fiscal policies under NOT-OD-17-086 and consistent with NIH practices during the CRs of FY 2006 – 2017, the NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level). Upward adjustments to awarded levels will be considered after FY 2018 appropriations are enacted, but NIH expects institutions to monitor their expenditures carefully during this period.  All legislative mandates that were in effect in FY 2017 (see NOT-OD-17-075) remain in effect under this CR, as well as the salary limitation set at Executive Level II of the Federal Pay Scale (see NOT-OD-17-087). The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award predoctoral and postdoctoral stipend levels and tuition/fees are described in NOT-OD-17-084 and NOT-OD-17-003.

All approved applications from 2017 September/October Council will be funded in accordance with the NINDS FY2017 funding strategy which applies competing administrative reductions of 17.5% non-modular and 12.5% modular Research Projects Grants.

As in recent fiscal years (see NOT-OD-13-064), inflationary increases for future year commitments are no longer provided for all competing and non-competing research grant awards issued by the NINDS. However, adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) continue to be accommodated whenever possible.