FASEB Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Funding Recommendations

March 01, 2017

FASEB has released its annual funding recommendations for fiscal year (FY) 2018. FASEB recommends substantial increases in the budgets of several federal scientific agencies in order to bolster American biological and biomedical research.  Commenting on the need for increased U.S. investment in science, the report states: “Advances in biomedical and biological research have improved the health of our citizens, generated new treatments for life threatening diseases, and enhanced our quality of life . . . our future success requires sustained and predictable growth in the federal investment in the nation’s research enterprise.”

Specific funding recommendations for the five federal agencies included in the report are:

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  • FASEB recommendation: At least $35.0 billion

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • FASEB recommendation: At least $8.0 billion

Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical and Prosthetic Research Program  

  • FASEB recommendation: At least $713 million

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • FASEB recommendation: At least $700 million for the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and $1.24 billion for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE SC)

  • FASEB recommendation: At least $5.8 billion

As Congress prepares to consider funding for the FY 2018 budget, the final budget for FY 2017 has yet to be resolved. With the federal government operating under a continuing resolution since September, the current budgets for the various scientific agencies remain uncertain.

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