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NIDCD FY 2013 Funding Guidelines


The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) supports biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. For more information, please refer to the NIDCD mission statement.

NIH Funding Information

NIH-wide financial plan information is available at:

NIDCD Funding


The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) distributes its resources among many diverse programs and mechanisms. The Institute is committed to funding the largest number of meritorious projects possible, while allowing the flexibility needed to support selected program priorities and respond to emerging scientific opportunities.

The NIDCD establishes general guidelines for funding based on scientific merit, responsiveness to the Institute's priorities, and availability of funds.


Non-competing awards

The NIDCD will fund noncompeting continuation awards in accordance with the NIH operating level for noncompeting awards under a Continuing Resolution.  Generally, this means that noncompeting awards will be issued at 90% of the previously committed level.  Upward adjustments will be considered after the FY 2013 appropriation is enacted.  Further information is available at:

Competing awards

Institute staff review and determine the final budgets of percentiled R01 applications which have been recommended for funding. Typically, no reductions will be taken on applications submitted from New Investigators or for those with recommended direct costs equal to or less than $150,000 in each recommended year of support. All other percentiled R01 applications will be supported on average at 85%.

Inflationary increases for future year commitments will not be supported for all grant awards issued in FY 2013.  However, support requested and approved in the competing application for fluctuations in research needs will be considered.  

All other competing grant applications will be reviewed by program directors to determine an appropriate support level.

NIDCD allocates the majority of its research project grant funds to applications in ranked (percentile or priority score) order. However, a portion of the funds is reserved for projects that may be outside this range but are of particular programmatic interest to the Institute.

New Investigators

Details of the special consideration provided to New Investigators by the NIDCD is available on the New Investigators page.

Additional Information and Resources for Grantees

Officials from institutions that may be receiving NIH grant support for the first time should read the NIH Welcome Wagon Letter. All relevant extramural funding policies can be found at the NIH Office of Extramural Research website entitled Grants Policy and Guidance. Additional information on modular applications and awards is posted at