House passes fiscal 2020 funding bill package to fund NSF, NIH and DOE ?>

House passes fiscal 2020 funding bill package to fund NSF, NIH and DOE

The U.S. House passed a package of funding bills for fiscal year 2020 on June 25 that provides $41.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health, an increase of $2 billion from fiscal 2019 and $6.9 billion above President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. The bill funds the Department of Energy Office of Science at $6.87 billion, a $285 million increase. The bill also gives the National Science Foundation $8.45 billion, a $561.1 million boost.


The bill includes funding for several research initiatives such as the Cancer Moonshot, the All of Us precision medicine initiative, and the Brain Research through Application of Integrative Neurotechnologies initiative. The chart below lists funding levels for several NIH institutes that fund members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.   



FY 2019 enacted

House FY 2020 proposed


National Cancer Institute

5.74 billion

6.25 billion


National Health, Lung and Blood Institute

3.49 billion

3.66 billion


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

2.03 billion

2.13 billion


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

2.22 billion

2.32 billion


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

5.52 billion

5.8 billion


National Institute of General Medical Sciences

2.87 billion

3.03 billion


National Institute of Aging

3.08 billion

3.29 billion


Department of Energy Office of Science

6.58 billion

6.87 billion


National Science Foundation

7.89 billion

8.45 billion



                The spending bill contains language that pushes the NIH to be more proactive in addressing sexual harassment in science, such as requiring NIH-funded institutions to notify the agency when scientists are placed on administrative leave because of sexual harassment findings. Additionally, the bill directs the NIH to treat sexual misconduct with the same level of resources and attention as research misconduct. The bill also includes a provision that would overturn Trump’s decision to limit use of fetal tissue from elected abortions. 



Next steps


The U.S. Senate has yet to release any of its appropriations bill. Senate appropriations chairman Richard Shelby, R- Ala., is waiting to clinch a deal with Democrats and the White House to raise the federal spending caps. The caps prevent Congress from spending over a certain dollar amount to fund the government. Negotiations have proved difficult, especially with a White House reluctant to raise the caps and increase U.S. debt. By waiting for a deal to raise the caps before working on funding bills, however, Shelby risks shutting down the government as the Sept. 30 deadline to fund the government nears.


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