The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology thanks congressional leaders and the Appropriations Committees for including a significant increase in funding for biomedical research in the fiscal year 2017 omnibus budget bill (HR 244). “We extend our deepest gratitude to Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Patty Murray (D-WA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for their tenacity in negotiating a bipartisan spending package” said FASEB President Hudson H. Freeze, PhD. “Our future success requires sustained and predictable growth in the federal investment in the nation’s research enterprise,” added the FASEB President.
These critically needed resources will help reverse the loss of purchasing power NIH experienced over the last decade, support new grants for investigator-initiated research, and train the next generation of scientists and engineers.
In addition to providing a second consecutive $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the spending bill includes $9 million in new funds for the National Science Foundation, an additional $42 million for the Department of Energy Office of Science, and raises the budget for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative by $25 million.
FASEB urges Congress to pass the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill without further delay.