FY 2012 Appropriation for National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

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Publication date: 
22 December 2011

Congress  and the President have agreed on a final FY 2012 appropriations bill.  H.R. 2055 combines nine funding bills, and is  accompanied by House Report 112-331.  This 1,385 page report contains the bill  language and a second section with the appropriators’ recommendations.  See page 1133 for the recommendations on the  National Institutes of Health.

National  Institutes of Health (total):

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $30,688.3 million    
The  FY 2012 Administration request was $31,747.9 million   
The  FY 2012 appropriation is $30,690.0 million, an increase of $1.7 million -- essentially  level funding.

The  report states:

“The conferees recognize NIH’s  mission to invest in basic biomedical research and apply that knowledge to  enhance our Nation’s health and well-being, lengthen life, and reduce the  burdens of illness and disability. NIH is strongly urged to ensure its policies  continue to support a robust extramural community and make certain sufficient  research resources are available to the more than 300,000 NIH-supported  scientists at over 3,100 institutions across the country. The conferees affirm  the critical importance of new and competing research project grants (RPGs) to  the mission of NIH and are concerned that in the past few years, NIH has failed  to support the number of new, competing RPGs that it estimated would be awarded  in its annual congressional budget justifications.  The conferees expect NIH to evaluate its new  grant-estimating       methodology to improve its accuracy  and support as many scientifically meritorious new and competing RPGs as possible,  at a reasonable award level, with the funding provided in this Act.

“In recent years, extramural  research has accounted for nearly 90 percent of NIH’s budget. The conferees  strongly urge NIH to maintain at least that level in fiscal year 2012. NIH should  also establish safeguards to ensure the  percentage of funds used to support basic research across NIH is maintained.”

There was no report language for  NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.  It received the following appropriation:

The FY 2011 appropriation was $313.8  million   
The FY 2012 Administration request  was $322.1 million  
The FY 2012 appropriation is $339.0  million, an increase of $25.2 million or 8.0 percent