American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - Stimulus Funding

JABSOMís ARRA Awards

The Recovery Act of 2009, signed February 19, 2009, initiated extensive opportunities for the advancement of research and education.

  • The $787 billion recovery act allocates $21.5 billion for federal research and development to be invested within two years.
  • Details about federal agency R&D funding priorities and application information are emerging rapidly.


What can we be doing now?

Principal Investigators: First thing is to contact your Program Officer at all agencies if you have research that would fall under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act criteria since much of this funding will be distributed quickly.  You may request supplements, if appropriate, for existing awards from NIH.  Currently NSF is not offering supplements.  For the NIH, less than $100,000 supplements will be awarded through a non-competitive process.  You may not request a supplement of either type if you are in the final year of your grant award.  One reminder, progress and final reports must be current.


Additional information can be found:

Some of the new reporting requirements that may be appearing in terms and conditions for awards made with Recovery Act funds include (from page 14 of the OMB Guidance):
  • Quarterly financial and technical reports
  • Reports on number of jobs created
  • Evaluation of the completion status of a project
  • Detailed information on any subcontracts or subgrants to include data elements required to comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006

A Sampling of Programs:

Grants: Biomedical Research
Amount: $8.7 billion
Office: Office of the Director
Agency: National Institutes of Health
Type: Competitive Grants
Description: To expand jobs in biomedical research to study diseases.
Website: http://www.nih.gov/about/director/02252009statement_arra.htm

Grants: University Research Facilities
Amount: $1.3 billion
Agency: National Institutes of Health - National Center for Research Resources
Type: Competitive Grants
Purpose: To renovate and equip university research facilities.
Description: Funding will be used for the construction and renovation of extramural research facilities and for the acquisition research equipment.
Website: http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/

Grants: Prevention and Wellness Program
Amount: $950 million was included for the Center for Disease Control for evidence based clinical and community prevention and wellness programs.
Description: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Type: Competitive Grants
Description: Funds to support state and local efforts to fight preventable chronic diseases and infectious diseases.
Website: http://www.cdc.gov/
http://www.hhs.gov/

Grants: Health Information Technology Grants
Amount: $2 billion
Office: Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, CDC, and Indian Health Service/States or State-Designated Entities Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Type: Competitive Grants
Description: To authorize the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology in order to promote the use and exchange of electronic health information.
Website: http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/

Grants: Health Information Technology Improvements
Amount: $17 billion was included to improve investments and incentives through Medicare and Medicaid to ensure widespread adoption and use of interoperable health information technology (HIT).
Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Description: Hospitals and Physician offices will automatically receive benefit through CMS reimbursements. Grants will be available through HHS for other medical agencies.
Website: http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/

Grant: Rural Community Facilities
Amount: $130 million
Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture - State Rural Development Office
Type: Competitive Grants
Description: Funds to support grants and loans to rural areas for critical community facilities, such as for healthcare, education, fire and rescue, day care, community centers, and libraries.
Website: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rhs/cf/cp.htm

Grant: NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research
Amount: $200 million
Agency: National Institutes of Health - Office of Extramural Research
Type: Competitive Grants
Description: Funds will support research on specific scientific and health research challenges that will benefit from significant 2-year jumpstart funds
Website: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/challenge_award/

Grant: Education Technology
Amount: $650 million was included for the Enhancing Education through Technology program.
Type: States will receive formula funding
Description: Funds for State, district, and school efforts to integrate technology in the classroom
Website: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/index.html
State Funding
Amounts: http://www.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/statetables/09arrastatetables.pdf

From: "Blumsack, Martin (NIH/NCRR) [E]"
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 8:36 am
Subject: Urgent: NCRR administrative supplements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
To: RCRII-L@LIST.NIH.GOV


Dear Colleagues;

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) is providing opportunities for you to apply for administrative supplements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Under current eligibility guidelines, IDeA and RCMI grantees may request up to six supplements per parent grant distributed across these four Areas of Interest:

  • Administrative Supplements to Advance Translational (T1 & T2) Research - 2 per parent grant
  • Administrative Supplements for Enhancing NCRR Pilot Project Mechanism - 1
  • Administrative Supplements for Collaborative Community Engagement Research - 1
  • Administrative Supplements for Research Workforce Development and Dissemination - 2

The due date for NCRR ARRA administrative supplement applications is May 18, 2009.

For detailed information, please visit and bookmark www.ncrr.nih.gov/recovery/supplements/details .  Links to descriptions of each of the six NCRR Areas of Interest for ARRA administrative supplements are located just below the pie chart: Each describes the topical areaís purpose, goals and objectives, supplement guidelines (including eligibility, cost limits, number of supplements allowed per parent grant, and a link to selection factors), and examples (not meant to be exhaustive) of potentially responsive projects or activities.

The Web site also contains a link to application instructions, under the heading "Program Overview and How to Apply ."

As with any administrative supplement to an NCRR award, the proposed supplement MUST be within the general scope of the peer-reviewed activities and aims approved within the parent grant, including projects on a no-cost extension.  While supplemental funds may be awarded to grants during a no-cost extension, the period of support cannot extend beyond the award period for the additional time that was granted.

Please read carefully all the relevant documents on the NCRR ARRA Administrative Supplements for NCRR Awards Web site and monitor it frequently for updates and clarifications, and feel free to contact your NCRR program official and/or grants management specialist if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Sidney A. McNairy, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Associate Director Research Infrastructure, NCRR and Director, Division of Research Infrastructure, NCRR
National Institutes of Health
1 Democracy Plaza, Room 934
6701 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874
301-435-0788 (o)
301-480-3770 -FAX
Email: McnairyS@mail.nih.gov

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