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