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The NHLBI Participation in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA):

ARRA was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009.  It is an unprecedented effort to jump-start our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so that our country can move forward and thrive in the 21st century.

We are very grateful for the monies that have been allocated to the NIH.  We intend to do our part to advance and accelerate the biomedical research agenda in this country by focusing on scientific opportunities and public health challenges.

Implementing ARRA at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is working under an accelerated timetable to create a funding plan to meet the stimulus goals articulated in ARRA.  Our plan will strike an important balance between increasing the number of investigator-initiated research grants and a greater commitment to “signature” projects that will hopefully make significant scientific advances.

The NHLBI will receive about 10 percent of the $7.4 billion provided to NIH Institutes and Centers to support scientific research.  This amount is proportional to the Institute’s share of the overall NIH appropriation.  The NHLBI is working closely with the NIH and HHS to ensure that scientific merit and quality as well as transparency and accountability will be the guiding principles behind the Institute’s implementation of the ARRA. 


  • Learn more about NHLBI funding opportunities:

    • Research Grants
      Information to follow
  • Supplements
    Information to follow

The NHLBI welcomes your comments. 

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Important Links

Final Legislation (PDF)

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