Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2014-114, 2014-Feb; :1-64
In FY2012, NIOSH awarded $96,350,778 in extramural funding. A total of 203 awards were made during the fiscal year, and the success rate for investigator-initiated research grants (R01, R03, and R21) increased from 15% in FY2011 to 18% in FY2012. A total of $50,154,733 (52%) went to multidisciplinary research and training centers, followed by $32,015,665 (33%) for investigator-initiated and career development research grants (R01, R03, R21, R13, and K01). Cooperative research agreements made up $8,775,584 (9%) of the FY2012 portfolio, followed by $4,306,900 (5%) for individual training project grants and $1,097,896 (1%) for small business innovation research projects. Of the 203 awards made, 51 (25%) were for new projects and 152 (75%) were continuing awards. Awards were made in the following categories: 35 (17%) to our multidisciplinary research and training centers that include Agriculture Safety and Health, Construction, WorkLife, Education Research Centers (ERC), and Mining; 111 (55%) for investigator-initiated and career development; 25 (12%) for cooperative research agreements; 28 (14%) for individual training project grants; and 4 (2%) for small business innovation research. Eighteen ERCs received approximately $24 million in funding, followed by just over $14 million for Agriculture Safety and Health Centers. Six million dollars was awarded to the National Center for Construction Research and Training and just over $4 million was awarded to the Centers of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce. Mining training centers received $1 million in funds in FY2012. These centers received funding for both continuing and competing renewals. A new research integration initiative was launched in FY2012 to leverage resources and opportunities across the intramural and extramural research programs at NIOSH. Activity in FY2012 included a review of NORA sector and cross-sector program goals that were addressed by intramural and extramural research projects. Future efforts will look to enhance the integration of research initiatives at the time projects are requested and as programmatic priorities are reviewed prior to funding. In spite of a period of economic constriction, NIOSH was able to increase the funds awarded to the extramural research and training programs and increase the success rate for investigator-initiated research. These are notable achievements in a period of economic uncertainty and constriction.