Update: Arlen Spector (R, Penn) & Tom Harkin (D, Iowa) will introduce a bill requesting an additional $5.2 Billion in FY08 supplemental funding for the NIH, of which $1.2 billion will be earmarked for the National Cancer Institute.
From H.R. 2642 (Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 – signed into law by our very own Dear Leader on June 30):
For an additional amount for `Office of the Director’, $150,000,000, which shall be transferred to the Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health and to the Common Fund established under section 402A(c)(1) of the Public Health Service Act in proportion to the appropriations otherwise made to such Institutes, Centers, and Common Fund for fiscal year 2008: Provided, That these funds shall be used to support additional scientific research and shall be merged with and be available for the same purposes and for the same time period as the appropriation or fund to which transferred: Provided further, That this transfer authority is in addition to any other transfer authority available to the National Institutes of Health: Provided further, That none of these funds may be transferred to `National Institutes of Health-Buildings and Facilities’, the Center for Scientific Review, the Center for Information Technology, the Clinical Center, the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, or the Office of the Director (except for the transfer to the Common Fund).
No word as yet from the Great Zerhouni as to how these funds might be distributed. I’m sure it will be transformative, though.
Now, the NIH is not the only agency celebrating Christmas (or your favorite giving holiday) in July. NASA receives “an additional amount for `Science, Aeronautics and Exploration’, $62,500,000”, while the Department of Energy gets “an additional amount for `Science’, $62,500,000, to remain available until expended.”
The NSF receives a split dividend: “For an additional amount for `Research and Related Activities’, $22,500,000, of which $5,000,000 shall be available solely for activities authorized by section 7002(b)(2)(A)(iv) of Public Law 110-69” and “For an additional amount for `Education and Human Resources’, $40,000,000: Provided, That of the amount provided, $20,000,000 shall be available for activities authorized by section 10 of the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 1862n-1) and $20,000,000 shall be available for activities authorized by section 10A of the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 1862n-1a).”
Science provides a nice overview of these goodies as well as current House and Senate versions of the FY09 budget … which won’t see the light of day until well into 2009. For now, a 4% increase for the NIH, and a healthy 13% increase for the NSF. In addition to the big 4 noted above, Science also briefly reviews budget requests for NOAA, NIST, USDA, EPA, and the US Geological Survey.