AGA applauds Congress for recognizing the need to sustain the momentum for NIH funding and to ensure that it has the purchasing power it needs to attract the best and brightest scientists to pursue careers in research.
The Senate approved the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill that included a $2 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This increase represents a 5.5% increase in NIH funding, on top of the 8.8% increase that NIH received as part of the Omnibus Appropriations bill for FY 2018. The funding also represents the largest increase in funding since the doubling period (FY 1999-FY 2003), and enabled NIH to support 1,149 additional research grants.
The $2 billion increase included in the Senate bill reflects the necessary funding that NIH needs to keep pace with medical research inflation. This increase will enable NIH to continue to fund innovative research, improve the quality of care for millions of Americans, and maintain U.S. global leadership in medical research. The House has recommended a $1.1 billion increase in NIH funding, but AGA will be pushing for the $2 billion increase. House and Senate leaders will be working to negotiate an agreement on funding.