Spending Bill Provides 1 Percent Increase for NIH

16 Dec 2011 8:48 PM | Lori Aubrey (Administrator)
Averting a government shutdown Dec. 16, the House voted to adopt the conference agreement for a spending package that includes a $30.7 billion appropriation for the National Institutes of Health. Senate approval is expected to follow soon, and President Obama is expected to sign the bill Dec. 17.

The amount for NIH is almost the same as FY 2011, but while Congress looks for ways to slash federal spending, the Institute avoided a significant reduction in funds that would have slowed down the progress being made through publicly-funded research. The bill includes a 0.189 percent across-the-board rescission.

“ASCO and its volunteers have worked hard this year to protect research spending. In this tough budget environment, we can’t turn our backs on the progress that will help us conquer cancer,” said ASCO CEO Allen S. Lichter, MD.

Prior to the across-the-board cut, the bill increases the NIH program funding level by $299 million, or about 1 percent. Within the NIH budget, the National Cancer Institute would receive $5.082 billion, an increase of about $22 million, or 0.43 percent, over last year’s level.

Read more at ASCO in Action.


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