FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

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Publication date: 
3 October 2011
Number: 
122

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The Senate Appropriations  Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012 Departments of Labor, Health  and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill.  This measure provides funding for the  National Institutes of Health and its National Institute of Biomedical Imaging  and Bioengineering. 

Senate Report 112-84   accompanies this bill, S. 1599.    The  House has not passed its version of this legislation.

The following are selections  from this report; page numbers are provided for reference to the pdf version of  the report.

National Institutes of Health

The FY 2011 appropriation was  $30,688.3 million     The FY 2012 Administration  request was $31,747.9 million, an increase of $1,059.6 million or 3.5 percent  above the current budget     The Senate Appropriations  Committee recommends $30,498.3 million, a decrease of $190.0 million or 0.6  percent

In the report’s introductory  section on NIH (page 84) the appropriators explain:

“The Committee regrets that  fiscal constraints prevent a higher recommended funding level for NIH. With  tight budgets likely to continue for the foreseeable future, the Committee  strongly urges NIH to explore creative ways to rethink the way it allocates its  funding. The alternative - continuing to nick away, little by little, at the  success rate or the size of awards - will inevitably have a negative impact on  young investigators, who represent the Nation’s future, and on high-risk,  high-reward research opportunities.”

National Institute of  Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIBIB is one of fourteen  institutes within NIH, in addition to several centers and the National Library  of Medicine. 

The FY 2011 appropriation was  $313.8 million     The FY 2012 Administration  request was $322.1 million, an increase of $8.3 million or 2.6 percent above  the current budget     The Senate Appropriations  Committee recommends $333.7 million, an increase of $19.9 million or 6.3  percent

On page 105, the report  states:

“The recommended increase for  NIBIB over the fiscal year 2011 level results from the planned transfer of  several grants focused on point-of-care diagnostics and biomedical imaging from  NCRR.”

Earlier in the report, on  page 85, the appropriators explain that the bill “abolishes the National Center  for Research Resources [NCRR] and redistributes existing NCRR programs  throughout other Institutes and Centers . . . .”