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 talk National Science Foundation funding

Earlier this week, we provided you with a summary of the budget hearing with National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins.  Today, we bring you last week’s hearing featuring National Science Foundation Director France Córdova.  What we learned U.S. House appropriators are struggling with balancing science funding and deficit spending. Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce,…

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…

Biomedical research deserves funding, not gimmicks

The American biomedical research enterprise is a national treasure. As such, biomedical research broadly, and the National Institutes of Health specifically, should be funded as a national priority. Sadly, as we enter the fiscal 2017 budget season, President Obama has proposed budget gimmickry over sustained investments, and the community should flatly reject this proposal. Yesterday,…

Legislative Update – Appropriations and the Senate innovation agenda

As discussed last week, the appropriations process continues to progress behind closed doors. However, some details are emerging. All appropriations subcommittees have received their 302(b) allocations, and those allocations have been described to me by congressional staff as “fair.” The allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations subcommittee, which funds the National Institutes…

Where’ve We Been? Meeting with Appropriations Staff!

Yesterday, Ben visited with appropriations staff to discuss the where Congress is in the budgeting process for FY16.  It turns out, the Appropriations Committee and their subcommittees have been working diligently to negotiate updated appropriations bills with the new funds made available thanks to the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015.  Subcommittees have already been provided…

The harsh realities of increasing the NIH budget

Ben Corb explores proposed budgetary increases to the National Institute of Health and if they have any chance of becoming reality. So while we support and truly appreciate the spirit of these spending bills as it relates to seeing the value and putting a priority on investments in biomedical research, we should underscore to policy…