Major changes by budget mechanism and/or budget activity 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 NIGMS, which is $74.118 million more than the FY 2010 estimate, for a total of $2,125.090 million.
Research Project Grants (+$25.947 million; total $1,417.833 million): NIGMS will continue to maintain an adequate number of competing RPGs—1,002 awards in FY 2011, an increase of 88 awards over FY 2010. About 2,754 noncompeting RPGs awards, totaling $1,025.533 million also will be made in FY 2011. The NIH budget policy for RPGs in FY 2011 is to provide for a 2% inflationary increase in noncompeting awards and a 2% increase in average cost for competing RPGs.
Research and Development Contracts (+$23.862 million; total $55.392 million): NIGMS will support in FY2011 development of a state-of-the-art National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II) at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Synchrotron radiation is a critical tool for biomedical researchers and will support the research of investigators from at least 20 NIH Institutes/Centers. Additional support will also be provided for the Therapies for Rare and Neglected Diseases Program and the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research Opportunity Network (OppNet).