Does the National Institutes of Health (NIH) fare better when Democrats or Republicans are in control? An analysis from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) examined the NIH budget over the last 35 years and failed to find a strong correlation between the party in the White House or in control of either House of Congress and annual changes in NIH appropriations.
“The findings illustrate what we know from visiting Capitol Hill: support for biomedical research is a bipartisan issue,” said Hudson Freeze, PhD, FASEB President. “We hope the new Administration and Congress will continue to build upon recent efforts to revitalize the NIH budget,” he said.
The chart (below) displays the percentage change in NIH appropriations relative to the previous year. The color of the bar indicates the party in control of the House and Senate for the majority of each NIH fiscal year. In years in which majority control of the House and Senate differs, a split color bar is used with the Senate at the top and the House at the bottom. The president’s political party is displayed at the base of the graph.
“Regardless of who’s at the helm, it’s time to increase funding for research,” said Freeze. “Today’s research powers tomorrow’s technologies and cures.”