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FY 2016 R&D Appropriations So Far: NIH

Source: “FY 2016 R&D Appropriations So Far: A Roundup” By: Matt Hourihan and David Parkes
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Despite NIH purchasing power dropping nearly 20% over the past decade appropriators in both the House and the Senate have requested for a funding increase that amounts to almost 6.6% above FY 15.

NIH Administration requested priority funding for Alzheimer’s research, the BRAIN Initiative, and the Big Data to Knowledge program, along with new initiatives in precision medicine and antibiotic resistant bacteria.  The House would like to see more funding directed to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the Senate appropriating large relative increases for the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The BRAIN Initiative was granted an additional $25 million above the request from the House, and the Senate would match the request at $135 million total funding.

The NIH budget request had estimated a success rate for new research project grant (RPG) awards of 19.3 percent, and with appropriations as positive as they have been for NIH, it’s likely the agency will ultimately improve on its estimate in FY 2016.