I am delighted to inform you of what we have learned about the federal budget approved recently by Congress. The budget includes $32B for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is a $2B increase, 6.5% more than the 2015 budget, and double the increase requested by President Obama. Funding includes support for President Obama’s Precision Medicine and BRAIN initiatives and a $35M increase for Alzheimer’s research. Modest increases also have been given to the US Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Funding will be released immediately. Thus, this is a great time to prepare federal research grant applications, particularly for NIH.
As further encouragement, I want to be sure you are aware of the recently approved RBHS research incentive program, which is available to all RBHS faculty unit members within AAUP-BHSNJ and all unaligned faculty for all grant proposals submitted on or after November 15, 2015. Under the incentive program, faculty are eligible to receive annual bonuses based on the percentage of their salary support on funded grants that were submitted on or after the November 15 submission date. Those with up to 10% salary support on eligible funded grants will receive a bonus of 11% of the amount of salary supported on extramural awards. The amount of the bonus increases by 1% for each additional 10% of salary that is supported, up to 20% for those receiving 90% or more of support on eligible grants. For details, please see the recently approved AAUP-BHSNJ contract (http://aaupbhsnj.org/contract-settlement-for-ratification.html), #36a: Extramural Incentive Award. I am pleased that this incentive program is in place and I look forward to your success in obtaining funded research grants.
I wish you and your family a happy holiday season. Enjoy the break!
Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs