Limping Toward FY11 Appropriations

With ~5.5 months left in the fiscal year, we now know how much the NIH et al. will have in the piggy bank. Here is text from the final appropriations bill for FY11 related to the NIH (available at Thomas as H.R. 1473):


Sec. 1101. (a) Such amounts as may be necessary, at the level specified in subsection (c) and under the authority and conditions provided in applicable appropriations Acts for fiscal year 2010, for projects or activities (including the costs of direct loans and loan guarantees) that are not otherwise specifically provided for, and for which appropriations, funds, or other authority were made available in the following appropriations Acts:

(1) The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-80).
(2) The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-85).
(3) The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-83).
(4) The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (division A of Public Law 111-88).
(5) The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010 (division A of Public Law 111-68).
(6) The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-117).
(7) Section 102(c) (except the last proviso relating to waiver of fees) of chapter 1 of title I of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-212) that addresses guaranteed loans in the rural housing insurance fund.

Sec. 1812. Notwithstanding section 1101, the level for `Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ shall be $4,818,275,000, and the requirement under `National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ in division D of Public Law 111-117 for a transfer from Biodefense Countermeasures funds shall not apply.

Sec. 1813. The amount provided by section 1101 for `Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health’ is reduced by $210,000,000, through a pro rata reduction in all of the Institutes, Centers, and Office of the Director accounts within `Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health’ based on the total funding provided.

Sec. 1814. Notwithstanding section 1101, the level for `Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Buildings and Facilities’ shall be $50,000,000.

And at the NSF:

Sec. 1317. Notwithstanding section 1101, the level for `National Science Foundation, Research and Related Activities’ shall be $5,575,025,000 {$5,617,920,000 in Public Law 111-117}.
Sec. 1318. Notwithstanding section 1101, the level for `National Science Foundation, Education and Human Resources’ shall be $862,760,000 {$872,760,000 in Public Law 111-117}.



  1. That’s not too horrible. It could have been a lot worse.

  2. TM said

    Is this 210M reduction from the President’s proposed budget? If I remember correctly the President was asking for ~ 1.6B increase over last year.

  3. Beaker said

    So that’s a 4.35% cut if I’m reading this correctly. How many years has it been since the NIH got an outright cut?

  4. Beaker said

    Actually, it’s only a 4.2% cut…I feel so much better now.

    • HW said

      It is a 0.8% cut from the FY2010 level….260 mil out of 31 bil. This is good news compared to the House passed HR 1 that plans to cut 1.6 bil out of 31 bil (5.2% cut). NIH has been spared for a major cut!!

      • Beaker said

        Thanks for the correction. I was using the NIAID figure for the entire NIH!
        That is (relatively) good news. BTW, DoD got 5 billion more than last year.

      • HW said

        Exactly, DoD got a big boost without drawing much attention. This is GREAT news for people who apply for their medical grants in autisim, cancer and other diseases. They even doubled $$ for some of the funding mechanisms. Good luck to you.

      • AnotherESI said

        Beaker and HW: Do you have details of the DoD research increasing by 5 billion ? That would be more than double of what is the existing budget (?). And would that all go to existing mechanisms since it has to be appropriated before end of fiscal year ? Thanks.

      • writedit said

        I see the appropriation for medical and health research in the DoD text (Title VI, Defense Health Program) as follows:

        $1,175,513,000, to remain available for obligation until September 30, 2012, shall be for research, development, test and evaluation: Provided, That, notwithstanding any other provision of law, of the amount made available under this heading for research, development, test and evaluation, not less than $10,000,000 shall be available for HIV prevention educational activities undertaken in connection with United States military training, exercises, and humanitarian assistance activities conducted primarily in African nations.

        Last year, the amount was $1,280,047,000, so what I assume is the source of CDMRP and related biomedical research programs seems to have taken a little hit … but I may not be looking in the right place … and the individual branches likely allocate chunks of their discretionary research spending to medical research, but not as line items, at least not here in this bill.

      • Beaker said

        My comment referred to the total DoD increase. After reading HWs comment, I tried text searched the bill but I could find nothing that looked like a doubling for some funding mechanisms. HW??

    • HW said

      Maybe I am wrong…this is how I came across the information…
      It is listed in the final 2 pages of the supporting document for HR1473 (CR for the remaining FY11) that is up for a vote by the Congress this week.

      Alternatively, go to this site,
      click on the second supporting document under HR1473, and this will take you to the table with detailed breakdowns for DoD Research and Development.

  5. writedit said

    And the text of Public Law 111-117 as it relates to the NIH reads as follows:

    NCI: $5,103,388,000, of which up to $8,000,000 may be used for facilities repairs and improvements at the National Cancer Institute-Frederick Federally Funded Research and Development Center in Frederick, Maryland.

    NHLBI: $3,096,916,000.

    NIDCR: $413,236,000.

    NIDDK: $1,808,100,000.

    NINDS: $1,636,371,000.

    NIAID $4,818,275,000, of which $304,000,000 shall be derived by transfer from funds appropriated under the heading `Biodefense Countermeasures’ in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2004: Provided, That $300,000,000 may be made available to International Assistance Programs `Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis’, to remain available until expended.

    NIGMS: $2,051,798,000.

    NICHD: $1,329,528,000.

    NEI: $707,036,000.

    NIEHS: $689,781,000.

    NIA: $1,110,229,000.

    NIAMS: $539,082,000.

    NIDCD: $418,833,000.

    NINR: $145,660,000.

    NIAAA: $462,346,000.

    NIDA: $1,059,848,000.

    NIMH: $1,489,372,000.

    NHGRI: $516,028,000.

    NIBIB: $316,582,000.

    NCRR: $1,268,896,000.

    NCCAM: $128,844,000.

    NIMHD: $211,572,000.

    FIC: $70,051,000.

    NLM: $339,716,000, of which $4,000,000 shall be available until expended for improvement of information systems: Provided, That in fiscal year 2010, the National Library of Medicine may enter into personal services contracts for the provision of services in facilities owned, operated, or constructed under the jurisdiction of the National Institutes of Health: Provided further, That in addition to amounts provided herein, $8,200,000 shall be available from amounts available under section 241 of the PHS Act to carry out the purposes of the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology established under section 478A of the PHS Act and related health services.

    OD: $1,177,300,000, of which up to $25,000,000 shall be used to carry out section 214 of this Act: Provided, That funding shall be available for the purchase of not to exceed 29 passenger motor vehicles for replacement only: Provided further, That the NIH is authorized to collect third party payments for the cost of clinical services that are incurred in NIH research facilities and that such payments shall be credited to the NIH Management Fund: Provided further, That all funds credited to such Fund shall remain available for one fiscal year after the fiscal year in which they are deposited: Provided further, That up to $193,880,000 shall be available for continuation of the National Children’s Study: Provided further, That $544,109,000 shall be available for the Common Fund established under section 402A(c)(1) of the Public Health Service Act (`PHS Act’): Provided further, That of the funds provided $10,000 shall be for official reception and representation expenses when specifically approved by the Director of the NIH: Provided further, That the Office of AIDS Research within the Office of the Director of the NIH may spend up to $8,000,000 to make grants for construction or renovation of facilities as provided for in section 2354(a)(5)(B) of the PHS Act.

    buildings and facilities: $100,000,000

    • TM said

      Comparing with the numbers from the front page of the blog, “NIH Paylines & Resources ” the only institute that takes a hit is NIDDK!!!! is that for real?

      • writedit said

        Oh sorry – the numbers in the comment are from last year. I must not have updated NIDDK’s final appropriation on NIH Paylines & Resources. The $210M cut will be spread evenly and proportionately among the ICs and the OD. Everyone gets the same % lopped off … I assume it will be up to each IC director to decide how the cut is apportioned between extra- and intramural and programs throughout.

      • curie said

        anyone know fy10 operating budget institute wise, just to see how it fares with the fy11 cuts?

    • writedit said

      I believe there will be roughly a 0.9% cut to NIH research programs, though how ICs allocate this among their mechanisms remains to be seen.

  6. HW said

    Do you think NIH institues will revise/up their paylines since the budget situation seems to be better than what was anticipated? Thanks for your thoughts.

    • writedit said

      They now know how many dollars they have in their pockets and how many applications were scored in each percentile/impact score range, so they can calculate how many awards they can afford for each mechanism and, for those that set hard paylines, at what cut-off. Whether any paylines will go up depends on the number and score spread of applications currently sitting in each pile. The ICs are always conservative until the appropriation is known … whether they left enough slack to loosen up paylines now remains to be seen. And for those ICs that use a lot of discretion in funding decisions, well, we’ll see what comes out of the black box. Certainly nothing will be formally announced until the appropriations bill is signed into law.

  7. writedit said

    From AAMC:

    The final bill includes $30.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a $320 million (1.0 percent) reduction from FY 2010, including the 0.2 percent across-the-board cut. The bill specifies $210 million in cuts from a pro rata reduction of all institute, center, and the Office of the Director’s budgets, and $50 million from the intramural buildings and facilities account. The bill does not provide funding for the Cures Acceleration Network and does not include the statutory mandates governing NIH grant numbers and size that were included in H.R. 1 as passed by the House Feb. 19.

    For FY 2011, the National Science Foundation is funded at $6.806 billion, a $65.75 million (1.0 percent) decrease from FY 2010-enacted levels. H.R. 1473 provides $5.510 billion for NSF research and related activities, $53.13 million (0.8 percent) below FY 2010.

  8. […] at HR 3671 and the FY11 $s from what was signed into law, here is how each IC and the OD came out: NCI: $5,103,388,000 FY11 vs […]

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