On April 10, the President released the Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget request to Congress. The following are highlights of federal agency research and development and public health funding levels. Budget figure comparisons are to FY 2012 enacted levels, not to FY 2013, current fiscal year funding, which was not finalized until late March and which will be impacted by sequestration cuts.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  • The NIH funding request is $31.3 billion in FY 2014, a 1.5 percent or $471 million increase over FY 2012. As compared to the FY 2012 enacted level, the budget supports 36,610 research project grants, an increase of 351

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  •  The CDC budget request is $6.6 billion, a decrease of $270 million from FY 2012
  • Emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases would receive $432 million, or a $70 million increase over FY 2012, including $40 million for the new Advanced Molecular Detection Initiative (AMD) to allow the CDC to “more quickly determine where merging disease come from, whether microbes are resistant to antibiotics and how microbes are moving through a population”
  • $1.3 billion is proposed for public health preparedness and response, a decrease of $48 million from FY 2012, reducing funding to state and local health departments
  • A $16 million increase to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • FDA funding is proposed at $2.6 billion, a $51 million or 2.1 percent increase over FY 2012; the FDA’s total budget request including industry user fees is $4.7 billion, an increase of $821 million, when the supplemental funds are included.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • $7.6 billion is proposed, a $520 million or 7.3 percent increase over FY 2012
  • $6.2 billion is requested for research and related activities, an 8 percent increase.

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) would receive $383 million or a $119 million increase over FY 2012, for competitive research grants.
  • $1.3 billion is requested for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a $7 million decrease from FY 2012.
  • $82 million is designated for research on zoonotic animal diseases and $119 million for food safety research

Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science

  • $5.2 billion is requested, a $217 million or 4.4 percent increase over FY 2012

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research

  • $784 million is requested for Science and Technology, a $10 million reduction

For updates on the FY 2014 budget process, please visit the ASM Public Policy webpage at: http://www.asm.org/RD-FY2014