publication date: Feb. 6, 2015

Obama Proposes $1 Billion Increase for NIH in 2016


NIH would receive a $1 billion funding boost in President Barack Obama’s $4 trillion 2016 budget—a 3 percent increase—should Congress pass his proposal.

The additional funds would bump the NIH budget to $31.3 billion, which the White House said would support greater research in cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The proposal provides $38.8 billion in discretionary funding to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The proposal also includes $135 million for NIH’s contribution to the BRAIN Initiative, a research project announced by Obama on April 2, 2013, aimed at accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies to map the human brain.

The president’s new precision medicine initiative, announced Jan. 20 during his State of the Union address, would receive $215 million (The Cancer Letter, Jan. 30).

“Under 2016 sequestration levels, assuming roughly current funding patterns, research funding adjusted for inflation would reach its lowest levels since 2002—other than when sequestration was in full effect in 2013,” the White House said in the overview of the proposal. “By comparison, the Presidents’ Budget would increase funding by nearly 6 percent over 2015, including investments in Precision Medicine, the BRAIN Initiative, and other areas.”

Other budget increases include: $1.2 billion for an inter-department project by HHS, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Agriculture to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and increasing FDA’s budget 9 percent, to $4.9 billion.

In a section of the budget overview titled “Reversing Mindless Austerity,” the White House proposes to end sequestration—fully reversing it for domestic priorities in … Continue reading 41-05 Obama Proposes $1 Billion Increase for NIH in 2016

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