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NIH uses a system called Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization (RCDC) to report annually to Congress and the public the amount of money allocated to a list of research topics of congressional and public interest.
RCDC reports allocations automatically for most topics; for the remainder, NIH or the institutes manually prepare reports. NIAID supports research in most of these areas.
Congress and the NIH Office of the Director use these data to better understand NIH research spending. While RCDC affects how some of NIAID's budget numbers are reported, it will not affect funding allocations or peer review scores.
The accuracy of RCDC data relies on you, the applicant, to include the most relevant terminology in key parts of your application. Terminology you use also can affect how NIH chooses the best institute and peer review study section for your application.
Read the next two sections for details on how terminology is weighted and tips to keep in mind when writing your application.
Categorization starts with a fingerprint, the unique set of weighted terms that define one research area, condition, or disease. NIH scientists collaborated to develop and validate the fingerprints.
RCDC searches for fingerprint keywords in a project’s title, project summary/abstract (description), and specific aims. When searching keywords, RCDC looks for three elements:
Categories are not mutually exclusive, so a project may fall under multiple RCDC categories, each at 100 percent of the fiscal year dollars.
For example, RCDC will report an NIAID project to develop a protease inhibitor for West Nile virus in multiple categories, including West Nile Virus and West Nile virus protease inhibitor.
Here's how you can adjust your terminology in your application's title, abstract/summary (description), and specific aims to ensure it's classified in the proper categories.
Note: Our recommendations supplement the application instructions. Always follow those instructions to the letter.
For more application advice, see our All About Grants tutorials and the Questions and Answers section.
Last Updated May 08, 2012
Last Reviewed May 08, 2012