The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) on May 15 formally thanked the House and Senate Appropriations Committees for finalizing the fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget, which included substantial increases for biomedical research. In addition to a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill also included an additional $25 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative at the Department of Agriculture and a $42 million boost to the Department of Energy Office of Science.
Letters from FASEB President Hudson Freeze, PhD, were sent individually to the chairs of the full appropriations committee, as well as of the Agriculture and Rural Development, Energy and Water, and Labor Health and Human Services (LHHS) Subcommittees. In his letter to the LHHS Subcommittee, Dr. Freeze expressed the organization’s sincere gratitude for showing that “biomedical research is a top priority for our nation” and that appropriators had shown a commitment “to preserving and protecting our [nation’s] position as the world’s leader in biomedical research.”
Despite the funding increases for several agencies included in the omnibus, the missive to the chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees does note that more work remains to be done. In particular, the National Science Foundation (NSF) only received an increase of $9 million (0.1%) above FY 2016 appropriations. Going forward, Dr. Freeze pledged FASEB’s commitment to continue to work with the committees in their ongoing efforts to broadly support biological research programs across the federal government.