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Research and Development Funding

The ASM Office of Public Affairs has developed this page to keep ASM members up to date on the appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2012.

December 17, 2012 - Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations Finalized for Federal Agencies
On December 17, Congress approved the final fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill package (House Report 112-331). The bill includes FY 2012 funding for federal agencies under nine appropriations bills, including the Department of Health and Human Services, Defense, Energy and Water, Homeland Security, State/Foreign Operation, Interior/Environment and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs. Fiscal year 2012 funding for Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Science Foundation was approved in November (HR 2112). The National Institutes of Health was funded at a level of $31 billion, approximately a $300 million increase over FY 2011. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program level is $6.5 l billion, an increase of $38 million over FY 2011.  Department of Energy science research is funded at $4.9 billion, an increase of $46 million over the previous fiscal year.  In the earlier appropriations package passed by Congress, the NSF is funded in fiscal year 2012 at a level of $7 billion, $173 million over FY 2011.  The USDA received $2.5 billion for agriculture research, a $53 million reduction. The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) within the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) received flat funding of $264 million for FY 2012.  The FDA is funded at $2,5 billion, a $50 million increase over FY 2011.  The funding increases in the Labor/DHHS/Education bill will be reduced by an across-the-board cut in discretionary funding of .189 percent.

September 21, 2011ASM Letter to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
ASM sent a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction about strengthening funding for science and public health programs.

September 13, 2011 - ASM Signs onto Letter Regarding FY 2012 Funding and the Importance of Research Funding
The ASM joined other scientific societies to sign on to a letter to Congress regarding the importance of funding for scientific research in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget.

September 9, 2011 - ASM Signs onto Letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Regarding Clinical Laboratory Services
ASM signed onto a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction about maintaining funding for clinical laboratory services.

August 11, 2011 - Debt Reduction Legislation Update
The ASM sent letters to the President and Congress on the Debt Reduction Legislation

May 16, 2011 - FY 2011 Appropriations Summary
Congress passed the FY 2011 Continuing Resolution (HR 1473).  Details of the funding levels for agencies that support biomedical and environmental research as well as public health programs are included in the summary.

May 3, 2011 - Federal Funding for Fiscal Year 2012 - Biomedical and Life Sciences Research
The ASM Office of Public Affairs has published the annual Federal Funding for FY 2012 - Biomedical and Life Sciences Research booklet.  It includes the ASM's funding recommendations to Congress for federal agencies that support biomedical research and public health.

February 25, 2011 - ASM Sent a Letter to Congress Concerning the FY 2011 Continuing Resolution
The ASM sent a letter to all members of Congress concerning cuts to public health and science programs in the FY 2011 Continuing Resolution.

February 23, 2011 - ASM Statement on the President's FY 2012 Budget for Science
The ASM released a statement applauding the President's FY 2012 budget request for science.

February 18, 2011 - Coalition Letter to Congress on FY 2011 NIH Funding
The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives on FY 2011 funding for the National Institutes of Heath.  ASM is a member of the Ad Hoc Group.

February 15, 2011 - Highlights of the President's FY 2012 Budget Request

February 14, 2011 - President Obama Releases FY 2012 Budget
The President released his FY 2012 budget.  ASM will continue to monitor the budget and appropriations process and post updates.

February 4, 2011 - New Campaign for Science and Education Funding
An opportunity for student members of the ASM to contact their congressional delegation about the need for continued funding for science and education funding.

January 25, 2011 - President Obama Delivers State of the Union Speech:  Highlights Science and Innovation
President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address Jan. 25. Despite calling for a five-year freeze in non-security discretionary spending, the president emphasized the importance of research and development, as well as science education, as vehicles to promote job creation and increased U.S. competitiveness. The President specifically mentioned biomedical research as an area of investment in his upcoming FY 2012 budget, which is scheduled to be released on Feb. 14. For more information, see the State of the Union transcript at:

January 24, 2011 - ASM Endorses Letter to Congress Supporting an Increase of Funding for the NIH in FY 2011
The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Reseach sent a letter to each Member of Congress supporting an increase of $750 million for NIH in FY 2011. The letter, signed by 270 members of the Ad Hoc Group and others with an interest in medical research, stressed that long-term flat funding or a reduction in funding for NIH will “will slow research progress and squander invaluable scientific progress to the detriment of our nation’s health, our fragile economy, and our global competitiveness.”  ASM is a member of the Ad Hoc Group and endorsed the letter.

November 23, 2010 - ASM Sends Recommendations to the President on FY 2012 Funding
The ASM sent a letter to President Obama recommending that NIH funding be increased to $35 billion in the proposed FY 2012 budget.

January 3, 2011 - Continuing Resolution Until March 4

On December 22, 2010, President Obama signed into law a Continuing Resolution (P.L. 111-322, H.R. 3082) which will fund federal programs through March 4, 2011.  The CR is the fourth for the 2011 fiscal year that began October 1 and funds most federal programs at their FY 2010 levels.   The latest CR does not include increases that were proposed in an unsuccessful omnibus bill for most programs under the Department of Health and Human Services.

The 111th Congress adjourned December 22, 2010.  The 112th Congress is scheduled to convene January 5, 2011.  The new Congress will need to finalize FY 2011 funding before March 4.  Information about NIH funding is available at by clicking here.