Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH

The White House’s budget rollout last week sent shockwaves through the scientific community broadly and National Institutes of Health supporters specifically.  President Donald Trump, in his “skinny budget” release, called for a $5.8 billion cut to the NIH’s budget, 19 percent of fiscal year 2016 appropriations for the agency.  The cut came as a surprise…

Appropriations Update – House making progress

Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2017 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies, the spending bill that provides annual funding for the National Institutes of Health.  Don’t remember the details from that bill?  You can click here for our coverage, but the bottom line is the Senate…

House appropriators hear from NIH director on FY17 budget request

It’s appropriations season on Capitol Hill, and committees are hearing testimony from agency heads justifying their fiscal year 2017 budget requests.  Later this week, we’ll provide a review of the National Science Foundation hearing, but today let’s look at the National Institutes of Health hearing highlights. What we learned U.S. House appropriators really like the…

Smoke, mirrors and science funding

The summer is an eventful time for federal appropriations. Subcommittees review their agency portfolios and assign spending levels, bills are marked up and passed on to the full appropriations committee and eventually these bills make it to the floor of the House or Senate for debate and final passage. The summer of 2013 has been…

Scrutiny on spending at the National Institutes of Health increasing

Science advocacy groups, such as the ASBMB, urge Congress to increase the budgets of the National Institutes of Health and other research-funding agencies to continue our national investment in groundbreaking research that will improve the public health and energize our economy. However, some members of Congress have begun to turn the tables suggesting that research…

Science and the 2012 election

While science policy did not figure prominently in the 2012 election cycle, the outcomes of several races in the U.S. House and Senate could have significant effects on future policies regarding the conduct of science. One of the biggest losses for biomedical research came in California. Republican Brian Bilbray, a strong proponent of biomedical research…

U.S. House of Representatives gives NIH flat funding for FY13

The numbers are in, folks, and they’re not pretty. On July 18, the U.S. House of Representatives, appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services and education (LHHS) voted on its funding bill for fiscal 2013. This bill is particularly important for biomedical researchers because the LHHS subcommittee determines the funding levels for the National…