March 29, 2018

Spending Bill Exceeds ACR Advocacy Goals for NIH

The American College of Radiology (ACR), together with over 300 stakeholder organizations in the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, helped to realize research funding goals in the new $1.3 trillion federal budget bill passed by Congress March 22 and signed one day later by President Donald Trump.

For the past year, the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research and its member organizations have advocated for an increase of at least $2 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2018 above FY 2017 levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in addition to funds included in the 21st Century Cures Act for specific initiatives. The president and Congress approved a $3 billion increase, raising the total NIH budget to approximately $37 billion, including over $5.6 billion for the National Cancer Institute and $377.8 million for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

The additional funds will support growth across the agency while bolstering targeted initiatives from the 21st Century Cures Act, such as the Cancer Moonshot, the “All of Us” (precision medicine) program, and the BRAIN Initiative. The $3 billion increase generally received bipartisan Congressional support and was significantly larger than the president’s FY 2018 budget request.

Overall, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 will provide approximately $591 billion in non-defense discretionary spending in FY 2018 including $177.1 billion for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations.