NIH gets $2 billion boost in agreement to fund government through September
The National Institutes of Health will see a $2 billion funding increase under a Congressional agreement to fund the federal government through September.Despite a Trump administration request to reduce NIH spending for the rest of the year, a bipartisan effort in Congress pushed for the increase, according to multiple sources.
According to the Atlantic, the funding fulfills a desire in Congress to keep NIH funding steady, rather than boom and bust funding that has occurred in the past.
While the deal protects NIH funding for the next 5 months, it does not address funding for 2018, according to STAT. Trump has asked for a $5.8 billion cut, about a fifth of the agency's budget, under his budget proposal, STAT reports.
According to the New York Times, “[The budget agreement] also gave a glimpse of the reluctance of lawmakers to bend to Mr. Trump's spending priorities, like his desire for sharp cuts to domestic programs, with the increase in funding for medical research a prime example.”
The top-line NIH funding level includes $352 million designed for projects funded by the 21st Century Cures Act, according to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).
FASEB also reported that the National Science Foundation will see +$9 million over FY 2016 for a total budget of $7.5 billion. The House CJS Appropriations bill flat-funded the agency and the Senate recommended a $46 million increase to be used to purchase 3 new research vessels. This increase is directed towards funding the new research vessels.