The National Institutes of Health received a $2 billion base-budget increase for fiscal 2022 as well as $1 billion to launch ARPA–H, a new agency designed to accelerate biomedical innovation. In fiscal year 2023, the Biden administration is seeking to ramp up funding for ARPA–H to $5 billion while leaving budgets for many other parts of NIH near their current levels.
The National Academies has released its first-ever decadal survey on the ‘physics of living systems,’ which recommends coordinating fragmented funding sources and education programs to help biological physics cohere as its own branch of the physical sciences.
Appropriators in the House and Senate both propose to boost funding for the National Institutes of Health by more than 10% in fiscal year 2022. They also endorse the creation of an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, though they would provide less than half the initial funding the administration requested for it.
Senate Democrats have followed their House counterparts in proposing large budget increases across science agencies for fiscal year 2022, but the lack of an agreement with Republicans on overall spending for the year has clouded the outlook for the final budget.
The National Academies has kicked off development of a strategy for the Department of Energy's low-dose radiation research program. DOE terminated the program in 2016 but recently revived it at the behest of Congress.
President Biden has nominated bioengineer Laurie Locascio to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Locascio was a longtime employee of the agency who rose through the ranks to oversee all laboratory programs across its campuses in Maryland and Colorado.
The Biden administration is proposing to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health by about 20%, or $9 billion, for fiscal year 2022, largely to support a new $6.5 billion Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health.
Federal agencies are expanding disclosure requirements for the scientists they fund in response to a new research security policy from the White House, but are facing pushback from university groups concerned about the scope of information sought.
The budget for the National Institutes of Health is increasing by 3% to just under $43 billion for fiscal year 2021, and Congress has provided an additional $1.25 billion for the agency through its latest pandemic response legislation.