February 14, 2013 - Summary of the President’s FY 2013 Budget Request

The President released the Administration’s FY 2013 budget request to Congress.  Highlights of research and development and public health funding proposed for federal agencies are below.  Links are included to budget justifications for each agency.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  • NIH is level funded at $30.860 billion; Funding for research project grants (RPGs) declines by 0.2 percent. The number of RPGs increases by 672 over FY 2012 but outyear inflationary allowances for grants are discontinued and noncompeting grants are reduced by 1 percent below FY 2012; competing grant budgets will be negotiated to avoid growth in the average award size. The overall estimated RPG success rate is 19 percent. Training stipends increase by 2 percent but there is a 0.4 percent decrease in training program funding.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • CDC is funded at $5.1 billion, a decrease of $664 million, or a loss of 11.6 percent.    Some of the funding from the Prevention Fund is targeted for CDC Programs.
  • Emerging, Zoonotic, and other Infectious Diseases – The FY 2013 budget request includes $331.2 million for emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases, $27 million above the FY 2012 level. $51.8 million of the total is from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). The overall amount provides increases for National Healthcare Safety Network and food safety activities. CDC will use PPHF resources to support two key areas: building state epidemiology and laboratory capacity and implementing evidence-based strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections.
  • The FY 2013 budget request provides $1.3 billion for CDC’s biodefense and emergency preparedness activities. CDC is one of few federal agencies providing continuous surveillance; detection; and response for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, as well as other crises, outbreaks, and epidemics. CDC fulfills this critical responsibility by supporting state and local health departments, safeguarding deadly toxins, managing the Strategic National Stockpile, creating national tracking and surveillance systems, and overseeing a national laboratory network. The FY 2013 budget represents a decrease of $54.3 million below FY 2012 level, reflecting reprioritization of threats for the Strategic National Stockpile and elimination of funding for the Academic Centers for Public Health Preparedness. It also reflects an adjustment for programmatic operating costs to provide oversight, guidance, and management of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • The FDA budget authority of $4.5 billion increases by $11.5 million but total resources for FDA rise by $654 million (17 percent) because 98 percent is from user fees which increase by $643 million over FY 2012.  Of the FDA’s total budget, 45 percent would come from user fees.  The budget includes $10 million in new resources for imported food safety and medical products. The budget includes a $3.5 million increase for medial countermeasures and $17.7 million for FDA’s biodefense laboratory.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Research

  • $1.3 billion for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) an $82 million or 6 percent decrease from FY 2012
  • $325 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) a $60 million or 23 percent increase from FY 2012 to support peer-reviewed competitive grants. 
    • $2.2 million for integrated food safety research
    • $5.2 million for the NIFA Fellows Program to directly support graduate education in AFRI priority research areas.
    • $3.2 million increase for AFRI Foundational Research Programs
      • $1.1 billion for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) a $4 million or .3 percent increase from FY 2012
      • $1 billion for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) an $8 million or .7 percent decrease over FY 2012

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • $7.3 billion total, a 4.8 percent or $340 million increase over the estimated FY 2012 level
  • $6 billion for Research and Related Activities a 5 percent or $294 million increase over FY 2012 estimate
  • $734 million for the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) a 3 percent or $21 million increase over FY 2012 estimate
  • $876 million for Education and Human Resources a 5.6 percent  or $47 million increase over FY 2012 estimate
  • $196 million for Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction, a .5 percent reduction below the estimated FY 2012 level. This funding is to continue construction on the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and other NSF funded research platforms.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research

  • $8.3 billion total, a $105 million or 1.2 percent decrease
  • $807 million for Science and Technology activities, a $13 million or 1.6 percent increase over FY 2012

Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science

  • $5 billion for the Office of Science, a $118 million or 2 percent increase over FY 2012
  • $625 million for Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program, a $16 million or approximately a 2.5 percent increase from FY 2012
  • $1.8 billion for Basic Energy Sciences (BES) a $111.5 million or 6.7 percent increase
  • $350 million for Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) a 27 percent or $75 million increase over FY 2012

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs

  • $166 million for the Office of Health Affairs, a $0.99 million or 0.6% percent decrease from FY 2012
  • BioWatch, an environmental surveillance system that provides early detection of biological agents, is funded at $125.3 million, a 9.7% increase above FY 2012
  • The National Biosurveillance Integration Center is funded at $8 million, decreased from $12 million in FY 2012
  • The budget includes $10 million which will support research needs related to biosecurity and the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. DHS will conduct an assessment of the  BSL-4 facility, including cost, safety and alternatives to the current plan.

Additional information on the FY 2013 budget process can be found on the public policy website at: Research and Development Funding for FY 2013.