In this Section
- Funding Opportunities
- Application Process
- Applications Requesting $500,000 or More in Direct Costs
- NIAAA Award Contacts
- NIAAA T32 Supplemental Information
- Special Emphasis Panels
- Supplemental Instructions for Preparing an Alcohol Research Center Grant Application
- NIAAA Board of Scientific Counselors
- NIAAA Scientific Review Group Rosters
- Appeals of Scientific Peer Review
- Schedule of Scientific Review Group Meetings
- Information on Post-Submission Materials for P50 & P60 ARC Grant Applications
- NIAAA Requirements for Electronic Submission of Administrative Supplement Applications
- Resources for Applicants
- Management & Reporting
NIAAA Funding Procedures
The decision to fund or not to fund a particular application is based on the assessment of scientific merit by a peer review group and on the relevance of the proposed work to the Institute's scientific and health priorities. The funding decision is made during a paylist meeting, where applications are discussed and prioritized, beginning with the top-scoring applications. After the discussion of the funding consideration for top scoring applications, the paylist meeting staff review the applications up to about a specific percentile rank (R01) and equivalent priority score (other mechanisms), which are determined by the Budget Office. This cut off may change depending on the availability of funds for each fiscal year. Each application is reviewed given priority to the New Investigator and early Stage Investigator applicants and their submission. The NIAAA is committed to ensure that the overall success rate for new investigators approximates that for established investigators.
The critical factor for the final funding decisions is the budget availability. The NIAAA funding is provided through an appropriation bill towards the middle of the fiscal year. The grant funding is projected by the budget office during the previous fiscal year. Funds are allocated by funding mechanisms and program areas. The amount available for new and competing grants is determined based on the size of the budget and the non-competing commitments. Paylists are developed based on using the prioritized funding list. The Program Officials negotiate a lower funding cost for applications that are high on scored grant list but the cost is excessive.
Applications below the payline may be recommended by Program Staff for “select pay” based on high program priority, cost and new investigator status. The select pay list is reviewed by the IC Director and Senior Staff. Final decision is made by the IC Director.