Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will increase in fiscal year 2010, subsequent to President Obama's signing of the Omnibus Appropriations Act shortly before the end of 2009. The package included $31 billion for NIH—representing an increase of 2.3 percent, or $691.8 million, over FY2009 funding.
While not the seven percent for which the Academy had been advocating, the increase still amounts to $250 million more than the president's original request, and remains a positive step during difficult economic times. Past Action Alerts have asked members of Congress to increase NIH funding above 2009 levels, as well as seeking to ensure adequate funding to complete Phase II of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center.
For more information, contact Mike Amery, the Academy's Legislative Counsel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.