Obama released his FY12 budget blueprint today, with NIH coverage in the HHS section starting on page 16 (of PDF … p 452 of document). Total budgetary authority requested for FY12 is $31.994 B, for a gain of $740M over FY10. The submitted budget request includes:
NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH RESOURCES
For carrying out section 301 and title IV of the Public Health Service Act with respect to research resources and general research support grants, $1,297,900,000.
and no mention of specific funding for NCATS in the budget tables (no doubt too late) or the Cures Acceleration Network (which was authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, CAN starts on p 978 of PDF), but Obama does acknowledge the new Center in his budget overview for HHS:
Invests in Science for a Healthy Economy
Supports Biomedical Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Biomedical research is essential to the health of the American people and the health of our economy. Innovation in this field creates and sustains companies, products, and jobs. The Budget includes $32 billion for basic and applied biomedical research supported by NIH both on-campus and at academic and independent research institutions across the country. Through implementation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and the Cures Acceleration Network, NIH will increase its focus on bridging the translational divide between basic science and therapeutic applications. By fostering novel collaborations among government, academia, and industry, NIH will accelerate the development of treatments for diseases and disorders that affect millions of Americans. NIH will continue to pursue the leading edge of discovery in basic cancer science, development of new cancer treatments, and prevention and early detection of cancer, focusing on recent discoveries regarding cancer genomes. For Alzheimer’s disease, NIH is partnering with the private sector to find new methods for early diagnosis and to support early drug discovery and preclinical drug development. Ongoing research into environmental factors, early detection, and novel treatments will transform our understanding and care for those with autism spectrum disorders.
So, we’ll see how this all shakes out, particularly with the rest of the FY11 budget (well, CR) debate ahead of us still.
Nature has a nice summary of where the NIH currently stands on the Republican cutting block (a cut of $1.629 B from vs Obama’s increase of $740 M over FY10 levels), as does Science, and I’ll post their reviews of the Obama budget blueprint as the dust settles.
Every member of Congress will be getting an earful about just about every proposed cut, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t contact your Congress person and Senators to voice your concerns about protecting biomedical and other scientific research in the US.