Congress Approves FY2020 Spending Bill, Including Increase in NIH Funding
Dec 20, 2019
Origin: ASRM Bulletin Vol.21, No. 6
ASRM supports the increased funding for NIH included in the FY20 spending package and applauds Congress and the President for enacting this important investment in patients, families, and researchers.
This increase brings the FY20 funding for NIH to $41.7 billion, a $2.6 billion increase (+6.65%) compared to FY19. In addition, NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) received a $53 million increase in funding to total $1.6 billion. ASRM, along with members who attended Advocacy Day in May, joined with many like-minded organizations to advocate for this increase in NIH funding.
It should be noted that this spending bill includes funding for the CDC and NIH to fund gun safety research for the first time since the mid 90’s, thus rendering moot the so-called Dickey amendment. Unfortunately, the provisions of the Dickey-Wicker amendment, which prohibit federal funding for human embryo research, remain in place.
Lastly, the spending package also includes $50 million allocated for public health data modernization at CDC and state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments. The CDC is directed to provide a multi-year plan, including at least five years of budget projections, as well as the innovation strategy for surveys conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics.