FASEB Analysis of NIH Funding Trends and Recommendation for 2013 Funding
Date: February 28, 2012
Due to several years of flat funding and spending cuts enacted in 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget is insufficient to fund all of the critical research that needs to be done. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) analyzed data from the NIH website to demonstrate how difficult times have become. For example, the fiscal year 2012 budget and the President’s proposal for fiscal year 2013 are $4 billion lower than the peak year (fiscal year 2003) and at the lowest level since fiscal year 2001. Also, the number of research project grants funded by NIH is consistently declining, while success rates have fallen more than 14 percent in the past decade. With exciting NIH initiatives to improve treatments on the horizon, the NIH needs reliable budget growth to continue scientific research. This has led to FASEB’s recommendation of at least $32.0 billion for fiscal year 2013. To view FASEB’s collection of data and full report, please visit their website.