Congress has proposed (PDF) increasing the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) annual budget by 7%. The proposal, which would give the NIH far more than was requested, is part of two packages filed in the House of Representatives to secure the funding of the government for 2020.
Going into the 2020 budget process, the NIH’s requested funding stood at around $34 billion. A Senate spending committee suggested the NIH could ultimately receive far more than that amount in September when it proposed giving the institute $42 billion to enable it to spend more on research into Alzheimer’s disease and pediatric cancers.
Congress failed to complete the appropriations process before the end of the government’s fiscal year in September, leading it to keep funding flowing through two continuing resolutions. Now, with the second continuing resolution nearing its end, Congress is moving to wrap up the process.