After several years of flat budgets, The National Cancer Institute (one of the NIH Institutes which, unusually, has a separate appropriations process from the NIH as a whole) received a nearly 3% budget increase this fiscal year.
Among the highlights, of relevance to SF State:
- An increase in the NCI payline to fund a greater number of meritorious investigator-initiated projects. The payline is the funding cutoff point for grant applications that is set at the beginning of a fiscal year. This year’s budget increase will take NCI’s payline from the 12th to the 16th percentile, with further increases to the 25th percentile likely for two year and longer-term grants.
- More grants to first-time investigators
- Help to universities for assisting and training new faculty investigators
To view a webcast of NCI Director Niederhuber’s speech at AACR: http://www.aacr.org/page16727.aspx. Text at: http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/pressreleases/AACRspeech2009QandA