RECOVERY ACT 2009
Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need. (From the National Science Foundation website)
Detailed below are matters related to the implementation of ARRA 2009 including the Office of Management and Budget's Implementing Guidance and the Recovery Act websites of National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Standards and Technology.
OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
For additional information regarding The Implementing Guidance for the Reports on Use of Funds Pursuant to ARRA 2009, please click on the OMB link.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
NSF just released Important Announcement 131: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with information relating to how it will spend the $3 billion in Recovery Act funding. The Notice indicates that NSF plans to spend the majority of its funding on proposals already received at NSF. These proposals will be reviewed and awarded by September 30, 2009. Additionally, NSF will also consider funding proposals that were declined on or after October 1, 2008 if the proposals were judged to be of high quality but for which no funding was available. Program Officers will contact the University when a reversal is being considered.
- Fact Sheet: American Recovery & Reinvestment Act - Contains remarks from Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr., Director of NSF, describing NSF's implementation of the Recovery Act. To summarize, Recovery Act funding will be used to award grants for proposals already received, those that were declined on or after October 1, 2008, and for new proposals submitted through September 30, 2009. The grants will be standard grants for durations of up to five (5) years. Recovery Act funds will also be used to increase the number of CAREER awards.
Please click on the NSF's Recovery Act FAQ's for additional information.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
The Revised NIH Award Terms updates the use of HHS Standard Terms of Award applicable to all awards issued under the Recovery Act of 2009.
In addition to the NIH Standard Terms and Conditions of award, recipients receiving funds under Division A of ARRA must abide by the DHHS Standard Terms and Conditions.
For guidance regarding preparation of reports, NIH Award Recipients are instructed to follow the Recovery Act of 2009: Implementation on Quarterly Reporting Requirements.
- Recovery Act Limited Competition: Extramural Research Facilites Improvement Program (C06). Due Dates: June 17, 2009 (projects between $10M and $15M) and July 17, 2009 (projects between $5M and $10M). Please click on RFA-RR-09-008.html for additional information.
- Recovery Act Limited Competition: Core Facility Renovation, Repair and Improvement (G20). Due Date: September 17, 2009. Please click on RFA-RR-09-007.html for additional infornation.
- NIH has received $10.4 billion in funding that is available for two years. It has designated $8.2 billion in support of scientific research priorities to fund "recently peer reviewed, highly meritorious R01s and other similar mechanisms capable of making significant advances or a reasonable expectation of making significant advances in two (2) years." It also plans to issue targeted supplements to existing grants to enhance the progress of those awards. Faculty are encouraged to contact their program officers to discuss the possibility of having a recently unfunded proposal awarded using Recovery Act funding.
- NIH has designated $200 million in funding for the NIH Challenge Grants and Health and Science Research to support research that addresses specific scientific and health research challenges in biomedical and behavioral research that would benefit from significant two (2) year jumpstart funds. The due date is April 27, 2009 and the earliest that applications may be submitted is March 27, 2009. Please click on RFA-OD-09-003 for details. Additional information on high priority topics is also available. NOTE: Please contact OSP if you have faculty who intend to submit a proposal for a Challenge Grant.
NIH Challenge Awards in Health and Science Research, NIH Institute and Center (IC) Web Sites
- High-End Instrumentation Program - Supports groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase a single major item of equipment to be used for biomedical research that costs at least $600,000. Please click on PAR-09-118 for additional information. A letter of intent must be submitted by April 6, 2009 and the proposal deadline is May 6, 2009.
- Supplemental Funding - NIH has issued three Recovery Act notices for supplemental funding. To be eligible, the parent grant must be active and the research experience proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the current competitive segment. 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. Faculty seeking supplemental funding are strongly encouraged to check the website of the Institute/Center that funded the original grant for guidance on which projects are eligible for supplements.
1) Administrative Supplements Funds - Please click on NOT-OD-09-056 to access information and instructions.
2) Administrative Supplements for Summer Research Experience - Information and instructions are available at NOT-OD-09-060. NIH is particularly interested in funding the following activities:
* Summer Research Opportunities for High School and Undergraduate Students
* Summer Research Opportunities for Science Educators (e.g., Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, Community College Faculty, and Faculty from Non-research Intensive Institutions)
3. Competitive Revision Applications (formerly "Competitive Supplements") - Information and instructions are available at NOT-OD-09-058. Examples of the types of revisions that would be appropriate include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Hiring students, postdocs or other personnel to accomplish new scientific objectives or to generate novel resources.
*Making investments in technology essential to expand the goals of the project or to enhance energy efficiency in the expansion of the project.
* Requesting that a single PD/PI grant be changed to a multiple PD/PI grant or otherwise modifying the multiple PD/PI team in order to add and pursue new scientific goals. (NOTE: a Multiple PD/PI Leadership Plan will be required as part of the application.)
* Other types of revisions may be appropriate but must be consistent with the goals of the Recovery Act.
Non-Competing Continuation Applications - Non-competing awards previously funded in FY 2009 at reduced levels will be revised to restore funds to the committed level. For most grants, this means a 3% increase to bring them up to the committed level.
NIH Institute and Center (IC) Web Sites for Supplements and Revisions to Active NIH Grants with Recovery Act Funds
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
NIST will receive a total of $610 million in funding. The Recovery Act funding includes:
- $220 million for NIST laboratory research, measurements, and other services supporting economic growth and U.S. innovation through funding of such items as competitive grants; research fellowships; and advanced measurement equipment and supplies;
$360 million to address NIST’s backlog of maintenance and renovation projects and for construction of new facilities and laboratories, including $180 million for a competitive construction grant program for funding research science buildings outside of NIST;
$20 million in funds transferred from the Department of Health and Human Services for standards-related research that supports the security and interoperability of electronic medical records to reduce health care costs and improve the quality of care; and
$10 million in funds transferred from the Department of Energy to help develop a comprehensive framework for a nationwide, fully interoperable smart grid for the
U.S. electric power system.
Additional information is available at the following links:
NIST Information Related to the Recovery Act of 2009
Department of Commerce Recovery Act Information
[Last updated on August 13, 2009]