Created by on 6/20/2011 12:00:00 AM


On June 6th, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, providing detailed budgetary information regarding two planned fiscal year (FY) 2012 National Institutes of Health (NIH) organizational changes: the establishment of the National Center for Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the dissolution of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). Although not a formal budget amendment request, the Sebelius letter asks that the proposed changes be incorporated in the Senate Appropriation Committee’s development of the FY 2012 appropriations legislation that win fund NIH.
According the letter, the revised FY 2012 budget would set the NCATS total funding level at $722 million. The bulk of that funding, $553 million, would come from the reallocation of NCRR resources such as the Clinical and Translational Science Awards ($480 million), other general clinical research resources ($35 million), Biotechnology Research Resources ($23 million), and research management and support ($16 million). In addition, $50 million would be shifted from the Therapies for Rare and Neglected Diseases program and $18 million would be transferred from the Office of Rare Disease Research, currently housed respectively within the National Human Genome Research Institute and NIH Office of the Director. Finally, the incorporation of the new Cures Acceleration Network would add $100 million to the proposed NCATS budget. Other major reallocations articulated in the letter included realignments of NCRR programs to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences ($$347 million) and to the Office of the Director ($303 million).