Senate appropriations committee approves $2 bil NIH increase for FY 2018

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $2 billion increase in the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to $36.1 billion for FY 2018. If enacted, this would constitute a 6% increase over FY 2017. The Senate spending bill includes $400 million for the BRAIN initiative, a $140 million increase; $290 million for the All of Us Research Program, a $60 million increase; and increases to to every NIH institute and center, according to the Senate Appropriations press release. Importantly, the bill also prohibits capping indirect costs at 10%.

Earlier this summer, the House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill that only provided an additional $1 billion – a 3% increase. The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) received a $6 million increase in this bill, only a 1.6% increase over FY 2017 levels.

Update: The Senate Appropriations Committee has released the bill text. The spending bill provides for an additional $14 million over FY 2017 for NIDCR, which is a 3% increase over FY 2017.

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