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NIH Sees Trimmed Non-competing Grants Until '09 Budget Arrives

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health will begin funding non-competing grant awards at lower levels than listed on award notices until a permanent budget for Fiscal Year 2009 is passed, NIH said today.
When President George W. Bush this week signed a continuing resolution to fund most of the federal government, including the Department of Health and Human Services, NIH reverted to a policy it held in 2006 and through 2008 when it was funded under continuing resolutions. This resolution provides funding for NIH under the terms of the 2008 appropriation.
NIH expects it will issue non-competing grant awards, “generally up to 90 percent of the previously committed level.”
NIH said that it will consider raising these levels after the final appropriation for fiscal 2009 is passed. Until then, it “expects institutions to monitor their expenditures carefully during this period.”

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