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US Federal Funding Update

Thursday, May 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Psychonomic Society
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As you may know, the current federal fiscal year started on October 1, 2016. Since that time, Continuing Resolutions (CRs) have provided funding for federal agencies and programs at roughly the prior year's levels. This past Friday, Congress passed another CR (since the current one was running out) that would continue funding federal agencies for another week, while House and Senate leaders could agree on a deal to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. Last night, a deal was reached, setting the stage for both the House and Senate to pass an omnibus bill to wrap up funding for FY 2017. The details, as shown in the text of the omnibus bill that was just released, shows the following for a number of the agencies that we track:


National Institutes of Health

*NIH Increase of $2B for a total of $34B (see Institute specific numbers below); this amount includes $352M from the 21st Century Cures Act


*Increases funding for Alzheimer's by $400M; the BRAIN initiative by $110M; and the Precision Medicine Initiative by $120M


*NCI increase of $174M

*NHLBI up $91M

*NIA up $448M

*NICHD up $40.5M

*NIAAA up $15.6M

*NIDA up $13.3M

*NIMH up $53.5M

*NINDS up $87M

*Office of the Director up $106.5M



National Science Foundation

*NSF Increase of $8.7M for a total of $7.47B (the increase is primarily to the facilities and equipment account)


*The "Research and related activities" account (which combines funding for the six research directorates, not including Education and Human Resources) will receive the same level of funding as the prior year. 


*Education and Human Resources Directorate will receive the same level of funding as last year



Institute of Education Sciences

*IES funding overall is reduced by $12.7M


*The Research, development, and dissemination line is down $7.5M


*Statistics line is down $2.5M


*Special education research is funded at last year's level



Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

*AHRQ funding is down $10M for a total of $324M


*$46.7M is allocated for investigator-initiated research, and $70M for patient safety research


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

*CDC funding is increased by $21.7M


The House and Senate are expected to vote this week to pass the FY 2017 omnibus bill, which will include the agreed-upon figures above. Once this bill clears Congress, attention will turn to the development of spending bills for FY 2018, which begins on October 1, 2017. Under the Budget Control Act, sequestration cuts are expected to return in FY 2018. FABBS and fellow science advocates will be making the case that federal investments in science are needed, and that the sequestration cuts should be rolled back. 


We'll be in touch as these bills progress.







Paula Skedsvold, JD PhD

Executive Director

Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences

1001 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20036

  2424 American Lane • Madison, WI 53704-3102 USA
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