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NHLBI Research and Policy Update
Number 63   June 2009

Message from Dr Elizabeth G. Nabel
Re: Update on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Dear Colleagues:

I want to provide an update on the NHLBI's participation in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The NIH received a tremendous response to Recovery Act requests for applications, including more than 20,000 for Challenge Grants.  Given the high volume of response, I outlined in the chart below how we plan to invest the NHLBI ARRA funding.  Please note that the projected level of funding and number of awards are estimates.   

Additionally, the NIH has released to the public a beta version of its new Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) system.  This new tool, found at , retains all of the features of CRISP while providing additional query fields that can be sorted and downloaded and includes a search field for ARRA-funded grants.

As we move forward with the review and award of ARRA-related applications, the Institute will continue to work closely with its advisory council to advance the nation's biomedical research agenda, create and preserve jobs, and stimulate the economy.  More details about the Institute's rationale, approach, and requirements are provided at

We remain committed to conducting all of our activities in a spirit of public service and with a commitment to excellence, innovation, integrity, respect, compassion, and open communication.  We welcome your comments, feedback, and suggestions at .

With best regards,



ARRA Category

Projected Funding*

Program and Mechanism

Number of Applications/
Requests **

Projected Number of Awards

Research Grants – Expand the payline

40 percent








NIH-Wide Recovery Act RFAs

44 percent


Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research (RC1)



Research and Research Infrastructure “Grand Opportunities” (RC2)



Supporting New Faculty Recruitment to Enhance Research Resources through Biomedical Research Core Centers (P30)



Small Business Catalyst Awards for Accelerating Innovative Research (R43)

Letters of Intent are due 8/3/09; Applications are due 9/1/09


Biomedical Research, Development, and Growth to Spur the Acceleration of New Technologies Pilot Program (RC3)

Letters of Intent are due 8/3/09; Applications are due  9/1/09



NIH-Wide Administrative Supplements

11 percent


Administrative Supplements



Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research



Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers



Administrative Supplements to Research Grants Providing Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Educators




5 percent





*Of the $10 billion provided to the National Institutes of Health, the NHLBI received an allocation of $763 million.
**The number of applications/requests received as of June 24, 2009.


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