The US House of Representatives passed a 2010 budget for the Department Health and Human Services just before the August recess that included a three percent increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This amounts to an increase of approximately $940 million, $500 million more than the President requested. This would set the NIH budget in FY 2010 to $31.3 billion. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
This proposed increase in funding comes after a 3.2 percent increase in FY 2009. Separate from the annual appropriations process, the NIH also received $10 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which passed in February. The funds from the recovery package are for new research grants, as well as renovations and construction at NIH campuses.
Supporting increased NIH funding remains one of the Academy's top federal priorities. According to the NIH, there are currently 10,000 scientifically meritorious grants that remain unfunded. Past Action Alerts have asked members to contact Congress to ask for increased funding by seven percent above 2009 funding levels, as well as, to ensure adequate funding to complete Phase II of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center. Though the current proposal falls short of our "ask," it nonetheless remains positive in a tight budget year.
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