A Good Week for NIH

HACCongressional appropriators reached a tentative agreement this week on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, H.R. 2029, to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year (9/30/16) and avoid a government shutdown. We are pleased to note that the bipartisan compromise bill would increase funding of the NIH to $32 billion, a historic high. That would amount to a $2 billion increase over current levels, a much-needed boost after a dozen years of flat funding and 2013's sequestration cuts.

A vote on the spending bill is expected Friday, just before Congress adjourns for their holiday break.

20151216-strategic-planAlso this week: The NIH released a 5-year Strategic Plan: Turning Discovery Into Health. The plan focuses on core objectives that will drive its priorities and lays out 14 "bold predictions" for 2020, including "enhanced survival" for cancer patients as a result of advances in precision medicine.

“We are faced with extraordinary opportunities that demand exceptional attention if their promise is to be fully realized. Implementing these objectives will enable the more than 300,000 researchers supported by NIH across the nation and around the world to drive science further and deliver cures faster.”

- NIH Principal Deputy Director Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.

This strategic plan was requested by Congress last year and is the first such agency-wide plan in more than two decades. Learn more: NIH Press Release