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 2012 budget request for NIGMS, which is $51.719 million more than the FY 2010 Actual Budget, for a total of $2,102.300 million.
Research Project Grants (+$21.843 million; total $1,405.851 million): NIGMS will continue to maintain an adequate number of competing RPGs—911 awards in FY 2012, an increase of 20 awards from FY 2010. About 2,777 noncompeting RPGs awards, totaling $1,033.155 million also will be made in FY 2012. The NIH budget policy for RPGs in FY 2012 is to provide for a 1% inflationary increase in noncompeting awards and a 1% increase in average cost for competing RPGs.
Research and Development Contracts (+$18.729 million; total $51.818 million): NIGMS will continue to support in FY2012 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.