Rejecting President Trump’s call for budget cuts, Congress voted on a bipartisan spending agreement that will increase National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding by $2 billion over the next five months. The spending deal, which funds the government through the end of September, also increases funds to fight opioid addiction.
The NIH funding increase includes:
- $476 million for the National Cancer Institute
- a $120 million increase in spending for the Precision Medicine Initiative
- a $110 million increase in spending for the NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative (also known as BRAIN)
However, the current increase does not affect the NIH’s 2018 budget. The details for next fiscal year’s budget remain unknown, but President Trump has called for cutting the NIH budget by one-fifth, an approximately $5.8 billion reduction.
The spending deal increased funds to fight opioid addiction by $150 million compared with the previous year’s budget. This funding will be shared by programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations.
The American Society of Hematology and other medical associations recently spoke out against the proposed NIH funding cuts and other changes, including decreasing funding for the 21st Century Cures Act, eliminating the Fogarty International Center, and cutting guaranteed funding to centers and providers who service low-income populations.
Source: STAT News, May 1, 2017