May 1, 2017
Under a bipartisan Congressional spending deal reached April 30, 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will receive an additional $2 billion in funding over the next five months for a total of $34.1 billion, which includes the $352 million provided through the 21st Century Cures Act. Thank you, SNMMI members who advocated for NIH with your representatives! Your voices made a difference.
The president had called for NIH’s budget to be cut by $5.8 billion (about a fifth). It’s important to note that this deal doesn’t address funding for 2018, but it does indicate that lawmakers on both sides recognize the importance of medical research and intend to honor the 21st Century Cures Act, a bipartisan bill that called for raising NIH funding and speeding approvals for new drugs and medical devices.
This is a temporary respite. When the budget for 2018 is before Congress, we will again need to rally support for full NIH funding.