June 17, 2016

Senate Spending Bill Bolsters Health Research

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS) spending bill on June 9, a measure featuring a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Under the Senate bill, NIH funding would increase 6.3 percent to $34 billion in FY2017. The proposed increase is noteworthy given that the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriation Subcommittee was operating under a funding allocation $270 million less than it was allocated in the FY2016 process.

The slated increase for NIH includes provisions for the following:
  • $300 million for the Precision Medicine Initiative, an increase of $100 million
  • $1.39 billion for Alzheimer’s disease research, an increase of $400 million
  • $250 million for the BRAIN Initiative to map the human brain, an increase of $100 million
The measure also calls for a FY2017 funding level for the National Cancer Institute of $5.34 billion, an increase of $216 million over FY2016. The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) would receive $361 million, up from $343.5 million in FY2016.