NIH recently began a new process for providing the public detailed funding information for 215 major areas. Called Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization (RCDC), the new process uses knowledge management and computerized, standardized tools to provide consistent and transparent NIH research funding information.
The new information is reported in a table titled, “Estimates of Funding for Various Research, Condition, and Disease Categories,” located at www.report.nih.gov/rcdc/categories.
The public can use this information to view the total funds spent in each category for the current fiscal year and previous fiscal years based on grants, contracts and intramural research.
“For the first time, beginning this year the project listings and the associated dollar amounts will be publicly available,” said project director Dr. Timothy Hays. By clicking on each of the categories, the public can access full project listings for that category and view, print or download the detailed report. Links to patents and publications associated with each project also will be available in the next few months.
The 215 categories reported through the RCDC process are the same ones that have historically been requested by and reported to Congress and the public at the end of each fiscal year. The RCDC process does not, therefore, reflect the entire NIH research portfolio and budget.
RCDC does not affect the way NIH funds research or determines its research priorities. The RCDC process will not change the way NIH makes awards throughout the year for medical research or the way researchers apply for grants.
For more information about the RCDC process, go to http://report.nih.gov/rcdc. For Frequently Asked Questions about it, visit http://report.nih.gov/rcdc/faqs.—Karen Silver