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NIAID and the Economic Recovery Act

April 17, 2013, update: If you still have ARRA funding and plan to spend it, do so now.

  • After September 30, 2013, the Federal government will take back all ARRA funds remaining in accounts.
  • We have already placed terms of award prohibiting extensions of active ARRA grants beyond that date, and do not have authority to modify those terms or permit you to transfer or reuse ARRA funds for another grant.

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), NIAID awarded almost $1.2 billion in research project grants, supplements to existing awards, R&D contracts, intramural programs, service centers, fellowships, training grants, career awards, and new opportunities created specifically for ARRA.

To drill down deeper into NIAID's ARRA spending, you can get detailed information from NIH's RePORTER database. Search by criteria NIH ARRA Projects Only with NIAID as the Agency/Institute/Center.

For information on reporting requirements, see below.

Special Reporting Requirements

Until NIH closes out your award, you have to report cumulative award data to FederalReporting.Gov each quarter even if you did not spend money during that time. See the full reporting schedule in the table below.

ARRA Reporting Table

Month Days Action
January, April, July, October 1 through 10 You submit reports through FederalReporting.Gov.
January, April, July, October 11 through 12 You review your data and make corrections or flag problems with subrecipient data. After this, data are locked.
January, April, July, October 13 through 29 Government agencies, including NIH, review your reports.
January, April, July, October 30 publishes final reports.

You have two options for data entry: 1) insert the data into the Web page or 2) use an Excel spreadsheet. You will not need to update most items each quarter.

For help getting detailed information needed for your report, go to HHS's Recovery Act Recipient Reporting Readiness Tool.

Go to NIH's Recovery Act Recipient Reporting for additional instructions on how to report NIH-specific data and links to relevant Guide notices.

Additional Reporting Requirements

ARRA awards must comply with both Recovery Act reporting requirements and the existing NIH reporting requirements.

Submit the following separately for your ARRA award:

  • Targeted/Planned Enrollment Table and Inclusion Enrollment Report for each clinical research protocol funded with ARRA funds. Label the funding source on each of these.
  • Closeout documents—final progress report, final Federal Financial Report, and final invention statement—when the ARRA funding ends:
    • For supplements, these are required even when the parent grant continues.
    • If you have multiple ARRA administrative supplements or revisions (competing supplements), combine them into a single financial report after the last one ends.

For multi-year grants that received all funding in the first year, progress reports are due annually before the anniversary of the start date.

No-Cost Extensions

As a standard term of award, you can extend your grant's project period one time for up to 12 months at no cost—though we expect you to have spent ARRA money entirely by the end of your funding period.

You will need approval if you want to extend your project period past September 30, 2013. See the December 13, 2011, Guide notice for details.

Read the No-Cost Extension SOP for our rules, and talk to your grants management specialist for details on what to do for your particular situation.

Send a final progress report and other closeout documents at the end of your no-cost extension.


We are funding ARRA renewals with regular appropriated funds under normal rules and standard terms and conditions of award. You cannot carry over unspent ARRA funds.

For more on applying for a renewal, go to How to Renew Your Application in the Strategy for NIH Funding.

To see how NIH used stimulus money and to get investment reports, researcher profiles, news, and updates, go to NIH and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Last Updated April 17, 2013

Last Reviewed April 17, 2013