Created by on 04/10/2012

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) recently submitted written testimonies to key House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees expressing FASEB’s support for fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE SC), and the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Urging the House Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee to provide at least $32 billion for NIH in FY 2013, FASEB cited the rising costs of research and a loss of purchasing power in the agency’s budget as factors leading to a decrease in the number of research grants awarded to investigators. The Federation’s testimony stated that maintaining the current level of effort requires an increase equal to the biomedical research and development price index (BRDPI), and that a 1.7 percent increase above BRDPI could provide support for nearly 170 additional research grants.
FASEB’s submissions to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Energy and Water requested an FY 2013 budget of $5.1 billion for DOE SC and described how the agency’s energy research improves human health, protects the environment, creates economic opportunities, and strengthens national security by reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Recent examples of groundbreaking discoveries supported by DOE SC funding and the importance of large-scale DOE SC user facilities to the research capabilities of university and industry scientists nationwide were also highlighted.
Testimony contributed by FASEB to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture requested an FY 2013 budget of $325 million for AFRI and explained how the program’s coordination of research, education, and extension activities address key societal challenges while expanding foundational knowledge in high-priority areas of the food and agricultural sciences. Examples of AFRI projects with implications for food security and human health were also provided, including a study to develop hardier varieties of corn and research to understand how disease-causing bacteria enter the food supply.