Releases Federal Funding Report, Statement on NIH
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology is taking its message of support for biomedical researchers to both Congress and the federal science agencies. On Jan. 28, FASEB President Mark O. Lively presided over the unveiling of FASEB’s annual report, “Federal Funding for Biomedical and Related Life Sciences Research, FY2011.” Developed through consultation with FASEB’s 23 member societies and scientific experts, this report makes the case for sustainable funding for five federal science agencies: the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The annual report, which serves as the basis for FASEB’s research funding advocacy efforts for the next fiscal year, will be distributed to federal lawmakers, health-research officials in the administration and the research community.
A summary of FASEB’s recommendations for the five agencies is detailed below:
National Institutes of Health
In order to fulfill the extraordinary scientific and medical promise of biomedical research, FASEB urges Congress to make the NIH a priority and recommends that it receive $37 billion in fiscal 2011.
National Science Foundation
FASEB recommends an appropriation of $7.68 billion for the National Science Foundation in fiscal 2011.
U.S. Department of Energy
In keeping with President Obama’s vision for doubling the DOE Office of Science budget, FASEB recommends an appropriation of $5.24 billion in fiscal 2011.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
FASEB recommends funding the VA Medical and Prosthetics Research Program at the $1 billion level in fiscal 2011, including $700 million for research and $300 million for infrastructure.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
FASEB supports funding the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative at $500 million in fiscal 2011.