National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Standards and Technology Release FY2020 Budget Requests

Mar 29, 2019

Following the release of the President’s overview of his fiscal year 2020 budget request, both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released detailed budget plans for FY2020 this week. 

The President’s NIH request totals $34.3 billion, $4.7 billion or -12 percent lower than the FY19 enacted amount, which totaled roughly $39 billion. Key NIH requests include:

  • $336 million for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). This is a $53 million, or -14 percent cut from FY19 funding levels, which totaled $389 million.
  • $5.2 billion for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This is an $897 million, or -15 percent decrease from FY19 funding levels, which totaled $6.1 billion
  • $2.4 billion for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). This is a $4 million, or -14% cut from FY19 funding levels, which totaled $2.8 billion.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requests totals $686.6 million for FY20m a $298.7 million or -30 percent cut from the FY19 enacted level of $986 million. The President’s request includes:

  • $611.7 million for the Scientific and Technical Research and Services (STRS) account. This is $112.8 million, or a -16 percent reduction from the FY19 enacted levels, which totaled roughly $725 million. Within this new budget request is $8 million for artificial intelligence efforts, and $10 million for quantum information science.
  • $15.2 million for the Industrial Technology Services. This is a $139.8 million, or -90 percent cut from FY19 funding levels, which totaled $155 million. The budget again proposes the elimination of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which Congress preserved and funded at $140 million last year. The President’s request maintains the same level of funding, $15 million, for the Manufacturing USA program as in FY19, including $10 million for the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals.
  • $59.9 million for the Construction of Research Facilities. This is a $46.1 million, or -44 percent cut from FY19 funding levels, which totaled roughly $106 million.

To view the NIH FY20 budget request in full, click here: https://officeofbudget.od.nih.gov/pdfs/FY20/br/Overview-Volume-FY-2020-CJ.pdf 

To view the NIST FY20 budget request in full, click here: https://www.commerce.gov/sites/default/files/2019-03/fy2020_nist_congressional_budget_justification.pdf

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