ASM Statement on FY 2016 Congressional Funding Increases for Research

Dec. 18, 2015

The ASM commends Congress for including in the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill (HR 2029) $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a $2 billion increase and nearly 7 percent over FY 2015.  The $2 billion increase in funding for NIH is a major step forward at this exciting time in biomedical research discovery and innovation. 

The ASM is pleased that Congress has increased funding in the omnibus bill for agency programs to combat antimicrobial resistance, including $100 million in the budget for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and $160 million in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget. The overall CDC budget is increased by $300 million and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) budget receives a 5 percent increase which will increase resources for food safety.

The FY 2016 Omnibus funds the National Science Foundation (NSF) at $7.46 billion,  a $119 million increase or about 2 percent over FY 2015 and includes an increase of $279 million for Department of Energy basic research.  The US Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is funded at a level of $350 million.

As Congress completes action on the FY 2016 Omnibus bill, the ASM looks forward to working with policy makers to build on much needed funding boosts for research.

Lynn W. Enquist, Ph.D., President, ASM