NIH funding is on the rise. Here’s who’s winning in Houston

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Despite President Donald Trump’s threat to slash the funding for the National Institutes of Health, its new budget is larger than ever.

In 2017, the NIH doled out a record $26.3 billion in research grants to U.S. applicants in 2017. And for fiscal 2018, the agency now has a $34.8 billion budget — thanks to Trump’s signature on March 23, which barely averted another government shutdown — marking a record high for the agency after years of volatility following the recession and the usual Washington politics.

Before the spending bill received Trump’s signature, Suzanne Ffolkes, a spokeswoman for Research!America, a nonprofit that advocates for biomedical research, said the House’s $1.1 billion and the Senate’s $2 billion proposals for NIH spending increases were a "good sign that they recognize the important role NIH plays in the field of medical research."

“It’s never been more important to provide support for the mission of NIH,” Ffolkes said. “With China making moves to become a research and development powerhouse by 2050, we have to keep our eye on the ball to stay competitive.”

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If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana