Cuts to NIH Funding in Proposed FY 2021 Federal Budget

February 12, 2020

In the FY 2021 budget released by the White House on February 10, the president proposed a $3 billion cut (about 7%) to the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

SNMMI joined 334 other signatories from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, including 24 imaging societies, in signing a recommendation to Congress urging a $3 billion increase in the NIH budget for FY 2021.

“This funding level would allow for meaningful growth above inflation in the base budget and would expand NIH’s capacity to support promising science in all disciplines across the agency,” the signatories wrote. “It also would ensure that funding from the Innovation Account established in the 21st Century Cures Act would supplement the agency’s base budget, as intended, through dedicated funding for specific programs.”

NIH’s justification is available here. The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) justification is available here.

Other U.S. agencies negatively impacted in the proposed budget include the Department of Energy (a drop of nearly 17%) and the National Science Foundation (6% decrease in funding for research and development).

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research is a coalition of patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, academic and research organizations, and industry that support enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH.