Supplemental Funding 2008 – and FY09 Budget Projections

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.

7 Comments »

  1. PhysioProf said

    Dude, where you been?

    PP – I didn’t know you cared. Please recall that while you’re battling the whackaloons of the world, some of us do have day jobs. And grad studies. Plus I had to attend to what the voices were telling me to do. In the meantime, you’ve been covering for me quite nicely over at DrugMonkey. Good job.

  2. bm said

    I think they’d almost have to use this to boost the success numbers, doncha think?

  3. BB said

    What! No VA money!!!
    Seriously, good job. Thanks to all of us who wrote and called Congress to ask for the increased funding.

    The VA received “an additional amount for `General Operating Expenses’, $100,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2009” plus line items for IT, construction, GI bill, etc. Other potentially research-ish funding is tucked away here and there, such as “an additional amount for `Global Health and Child Survival’, $75,000,000, which shall become available on October 1, 2008, and remain available through September 30, 2009, for programs to combat avian influenza.”

  4. PhysioProf said

    Please recall that while you’re battling the whackaloons of the world, some of us do have day jobs.

    Yeah, running my laboratory is just a hobby! LOLZ!

  5. drugmonkey said

    Yeah, running my laboratory is just a hobby! LOLZ!

    yes but what if breaking down the right wing wackaloon theocratic hegemony for a generation through blogging were to work?

  6. writedit said

    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.

    The FY09 budget submitted by Bush includes a $150 million decrease in the NIH’s budget (to $29.229 billion), but this doesn’t mean much during an election year. We’ll see if the Spector-Harkin supplemental funding means much more.

  7. BB said

    Oh joy! (as I am in the midst of writing an R21 for the NCI).

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