The Obama Administration has requested an increase of 3.1 percent in the budget for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in FY 2016. Under this request, sent to Congress on Monday, the total budget would increase from $327.2 million to $337.3 million.
NIBIB is part of the National Institutes of Health. Overall NIH funding would increase by $1 billion, from $30,311.4 million to $31,311.4 million, a 3.3 percent increase.
Additional information on the NIH budget request, and that of other institutes and centers, is available on the NIH Office of the Budget site.
NIBIB issued a 31-page document on the FY 2016 request. It provides considerable detail about the request, with an overview on page 6 of major changes regarding Research Project Grants, Training, Research and Development Contracts, Applied Science and Technology, Discovery Science and Technology, and Health Informatics Technology. Of note, the document states:
“In FY 2014 NIH launched the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative as a large-scale effort to equip researchers with fundamental insights necessary for treating a wide variety of devastating brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. In FY 2016 NIH is requesting an increase of $70 million for this high priority initiative. As one of the leaders of the BRAIN initiative at NIH, NIBIB is requesting an increase of $3.0 million in its budget to support this research priority.”
Total National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering:
The FY 2015 appropriation was $327.2 million
The FY 2016 request is $337.3 million, an increase of $10.1 million or 3.1 percent