A common theme at last week’s House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the National Institutes of Health was the impact that funding constraints have had on medical research. Although the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), one of 27 institutes and centers, was not specifically mentioned, the issue of overall funding for NIH was raised early and often during the two-hour hearing.
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.
Congress has completed the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with House and Senate approval of a $1.1 trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015.
On Wednesday this week, the House of Representatives voted to establish the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health. Action now shifts to the Senate, which is considering a similar bill sponsored by Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS).
On July 18, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its Labor-HHS-Education funding bill for FY 2003 (S. 2766). This bill provides funding for the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). Senate appropriators would provide $283.1 million for this institute in FY 2003, an amount that includes both new money and some transferred funds. House appropriators have not drafted their bill yet.
The Bush Administration has requested an 8.4%, or $9.36 million, increase for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Under this request, the budget for this new institute at NIH would increase from $112.02 million to $121.38 million. The NIBIB was recently established, and is described as follows in its budget justification document:
Last year, Congress passed a bill establishing, within the National Institutes of Health, a new National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The new institute received start-up funding of $2 million last year, and this year received a healthy increase to $112 million in the recently- passed FY 2002 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill. President Bush requested $40 million in FY 2002 funding for the NIBIB.
As explained in FYI #157, the seven remaining unfinished appropriations bills have been combined into a massive omnibus funding bill, H.R. 2673. The following are selections from H. Rept. 108-401 pertaining to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the NIH Roadmap Initiative, and the Math-Science Partnership Program within the Department of Education.
The "NIH Roadmap for Medical Research" released last week by NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni contains several important physical sciences and interdisciplinary components. The plan will guide NIH's research during the 21ast century, and has three major themes: New Pathways to Discovery, Research Teams of the Future, and Re-engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise. Selections from the first two themes pertinent to physical sciences research are below. The entire plan may be viewed at http://nihroadmap.nih.gov
The director of the National Institutes of Health has released the forward-looking "NIH Roadmap for Medical Research". Intended to guide medical research in the 21st century, the plan includes a strong interdisciplinary research component. The current and past NIH directors, Elias A. Zerhouni, and Harold Varmus, appeared at a Senate and House committees joint hearing last week, with a second appearance by Varmus at an afternoon briefing sponsored by the American Chemical Society.