Under President Bush's FY 2006 request, the total budget for NIH would
grow 0.7 percent, or $195.0 million, from $28,650 million to $28,845.0
million. Within NIH, the budget for the National Institute of Biomedical
Imaging and Bioengineering would grow 0.5 percent, or $1.6 million,
from $298.2 million to $299.8 million.
According to NIH budget documents, "The mission of the National
Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is to improve
human health by leading the development and accelerating the application
of biomedical technologies. The Institute is committed to integrating
the engineering and physical sciences with the life sciences to advance
basic research and medical care. Research in biomedical imaging and
bioengineering is progressing rapidly and is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary.
Recent technological advances have revolutionized the diagnosis and
treatment of disease and provide unprecedented opportunities for furthering
understanding of biological processes and for conducting powerful biological
investigations. To capitalize on these opportunities, the NIBIB is supporting
a robust research program in biomedical imaging and bioengineering that
will focus on developing fundamental new knowledge, fostering potent
new technologies, supporting promising researchers, and facilitating
Below are some highlights from the FY 2006 budget request for NIBIB.
Further details can be found at http://www.nibib1.nih.gov/about/NIBIBCJFY2006.pdf.
Extramural Research would decline 0.2%, to $276.6 million.
Intramural Research would grow 35.1%, to $7.7 million.
Research Management and Support would grow 0.7%, to $15.5 million.
RESEARCH PROJECT GRANTS: "NIH's highest priority is the
funding of medical research through research project grants (RPGs).
Support for RPGs allows NIH to sustain the scientific momentum of investigator-initiated
research while pursuing new research opportunities. We anticipate that
the average cost of competing RPGs will be $321,000 in FY 2006. While
no inflationary increases are provided for direct, recurring costs in
noncompeting continuation RPGs, where the NIBIB has committed to a programmatic
increase in an award, such increases will be provided.... The Fiscal
Year 2006 request includes funding for 582 competing and noncompeting
research project grants, 24 research centers, and 33 other research
grants which include 18 career development awards."
NIH NEUROSCIENCE BLUEPRINT: "NIBIB is participating in
the NIH Neuroscience Blueprint. The FY 2006 request includes $100,000
for a variety of Neuroscience Blueprint initiatives, including neuroscience
cores, training initiatives, and the Neuromouse project. Initiatives
for FY 2006 that are of particular relevance to the NIBIB include the
cross-institute neuroscience training initiative in Neuroimaging, the
computational neuroscience initiative that will link computational models
to neurophysiology at multiple scales, and the neuroimaging initiatives."
TRANS-NIH ROADMAP: "Also included in the FY 2006 request,
is NIBIB's support for the trans-NIH Roadmap initiatives, estimated
at 0.89% of the FY 2006 budget request. This Roadmap funding is distributed
through the mechanisms of support, consistent with the anticipated funding
for the Roadmap initiatives." "The tie between the NIBIB mission
and the NIH Roadmap is direct - the Roadmap will facilitate the development
of innovative, novel and multidisciplinary science and technology that
has the potential to further advances in health care. Roadmap activities
will improve health by providing researchers with tools and capabilities
to make new discoveries and to quickly allow basic research discoveries
to be translated into new therapies."
QUANTUM PROJECTS NEW INITIATIVE: Highlighted as a new initiative
is "NIBIB Quantum Projects." According to the budget documents,
"The goal of the unique NIBIB Quantum Program' is to make
a (quantum) advance in healthcare by funding research on a specific
project(s) that will translate into new technologies and modalities
for the treatment, prevention and cure of disease within a reasonable
time frame, for example 10 years. In these "bench to bedside"
partnerships, a team of multidisciplinary scientists will conduct collaborative
research that will result in a prototype product that can be immediately
translated into clinical practice. Individuals from academia, Federal
laboratories, regulatory agencies, medical care organizations, and industry
will work in concert to enable the timely realization of a common goal
- to improve human health by accelerating the development and application
of biomedical technologies into the healthcare arena."
NIBIB STRATEGIC PLAN: The budget documents also note that the
NIBIB is "developing a Strategic Plan reflective of our unique
mission and science.... The successful implementation of our Strategic
Plan will enable the NIBIB to integrate the engineering, physical and
life sciences to effect a maximum positive impact on the national health
ADMINISTRATION OF NIH BIOENGINEERING CONSORTIUM: In 2001, "the
administration of the Bioengineering Consortium (BECON) transitioned
from the Office of Extramural Research, Office of the NIH Director,
to the NIBIB.... In its administrative role, the NIBIB is committed
to maintaining the successful coordination of trans-NIH bioengineering
research, training, and related programs."
INTRAMURAL RESEARCH PROGRAM: "The NIBIB has taken several
steps toward further developing an intramural research program (IRP).
In September 2004, the NIBIB convened a Special Advisory Panel for Intramural
Programs.... The goal of the Special Advisory Panel was to advise the
NIBIB on the size and scope of the Intramural Program. As such, the
Advisory Panel will submit their recommendations to the [National Advisory
Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering] for review and discussion
of further action."