NIH Sequestration Letter to Grantees

Posted: March 4, 2013 in Events, Funding, Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released the following letter pertaining to sequestration and the future of NIH grant funding (for both existing grants and new grants).


March 4, 2013
Dear NIH Signing Official,

As you are likely aware, in accordance with the Budget Control Act of 2011, a series of spending cuts,
called sequestration, will cancel approximately $85 billion in budgetary resources across the Federal
government for the remainder of the Federal fiscal year. As a partner with you in accomplishing the NIH
mission, we are writing to provide you with information about what this reduction means for the funds
provided to your organization.

At this time, the Department of Health and Human Services and NIH are taking every step to mitigate
the effects of these cuts, but based on our initial analysis, it is possible that your grants or cooperative
agreement awards may be affected. Examples of this impact could include: not issuing continuation
awards, or negotiating a reduction in the scope of your awards to meet the constraints imposed by
sequestration. Additionally, plans for new grants or cooperative agreements may be re-scoped,
delayed, or canceled depending on the nature of the work and the availability of resources.

To the extent that fiscal year 2013 funds for your grants or cooperative agreement are affected due to
these budget cuts, you will be contacted by the appropriate Grant Management Officer with additional
details at a later point. Please note that these budget cuts do not affect grant or cooperative agreement
awards made with fiscal year 2012 resources.

Thank you for your continued partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and NIH,
and for your cooperation as we work together to manage these circumstances.
Sally Rockey, Ph.D.
Deputy Director for Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health


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