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President Obama requested $31.3 billion for NIH in FY 2014, an increase of $471 million (1.5 percent) above the FY 2012 funding level. Continued investment in biomedical research is noted as a priority of the Obama administration in the Budget summary materials. The summary also states that “tomorrow’s advances in health care depend on today’s investments in basic research on the fundamental causes and mechanisms of disease, new technologies to accelerate discoveries, advances in translational sciences, and new investigators and new ideas.” In addition, the budget proposes that NIH increase focus on brain research, improve the clinical trials network, and implement new policies to collect better data on trainees and institutions’ administrative costs. Consistent with the Obama Executive Order announced earlier this year, the FY 2014 Budget will allow federal agencies, including NIH, to support research on the causes and prevention of gun violence.
The NIH budget overview, the agency estimates that it will support 10,269 new and competing research project grants (RPG’s) in FY 2014, an increase of 1,283 (about 14 percent) over the number funded in FY 2012. The total number of RPG’s funded by NIH in 2014 is expected to be 36,610. Within the overall NIH Budget, $40 million will support the new Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative. The agency will also allocate approximately $32 million to improve diversity in the scientific workforce by creating a new National Research Mentoring Network and implementing a program to help diversify the group of students entering graduate programs in biomedical research. Budget resources will also be provided for the Big Data to Knowledge initiative to facilitate the broad use and sharing of large, complex biomedical data sets and enhance training of data scientists, computer engineers, and bioinformaticians. Stipends for National Research Service Awards trainees would rise to $42,000 for entry level postdoctoral trainees and fellows, along with a four percent increase for each subsequent level of experience. Pre-doctoral trainees and fellows would receive a two percent stipend increase. These increases are consistent with stipend modifications recommended by the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director as well as recommendations included in a major training research study issued in 2011 by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. A total of $1.47 billion is provided for the Office of the Director, an increase of $16.2 million (1.1 percent) over the FY 2012 level. The Common Fund would receive an increase of $28 million (5.1 percent) above the FY 2012 level, to focus primarily on training of new, talented investigators. $126 million is allocated to NIH buildings and facilities, $0.8 million more than in FY 2012. Additional details are available on the NIH budget website.