Twice within the span of two months we have averted a federal shutdown. Every year, the President and Congress must decide how the government should appropriate federal funds. As we have recently seen, the debate surrounding this decision can be quite heated. So how does the NICHD fare in all of this?
In fiscal year (FY) 2003, the NIH budget (adjusted to the dollar value of FY 2010) reached a high of $36.1 billion. This number has fallen to the FY 2010 level of $31.9 billion (not including the supplemental income from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act)1.
Out of the total FY 2010 money budgeted to NIH, the appropriation to NICHD was $1.329 billion 2. For at least this first half of FY 2011, the budget has been $1.369 billion, a $40 million increase over FY 2010 levels 3.
On February 14, 2011, President Obama submitted to Congress a budget that requested a $32 billion appropriation to NIH for FY 2012. As Congress battles it out, we'll have to wait and see what the final FY 2011 and FY 2012 budgets will be.
For more information about NIH budgets and government appropriations, check out the following sites:
- National Institutes of Health Office of Budget at http://officeofbudget.od.nih.gov/
- AAAS Budget and Policy Program at http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/
- FASEB Policy and Government Affairs at http://www.faseb.org/Policy-and-Government-Affairs.aspx
1 H. Garrison and K. Ngo. NIH Research Funds and Trends: FY 1995-2012. FASEB Office of Public Affairs.
2 Appropriations History by Institute/Center (2000-2010). National Institutes of Health Office of Budget.
3 National Institutes of Health Funding Table, AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program.