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FASEB released its annual report to Congress, Federal Funding for Biomedical & Related Life Sciences Research FY 2012 on February 9. “This report represents the consensus view of our 23 member societies, comprising well over 100,000 scientists and engineers,” said William T. Talman, MD, FASEB President in a February 9th discussion with science policy reporters. Remarking that every day we read about new and promising developments in the battle against disease, Talman noted “Sustained and predictable support for biomedical research is critical to improving human health and driving future innovation. We must maintain our level of investment to take advantage of tremendous opportunities before us. A reduction in funding would lead to wasteful termination of projects, delays in potentially lifesaving research, and loss of jobs.”

The report is divided into five chapters covering funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy Office of Science (DoE SC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Each section includes examples of significant research supported by the federal science agencies as well as a detailed analysis justifying the specific funding requests. Below are the recommendations described in the report:
In order to fulfill the extraordinary scientific and medical promise of biomedical research, FASEB urges Congress to make the National Institutes of Health a priority and recommends that NIH receive $35 billion in FY 2012.
FASEB recommends an appropriation of $7.8 billion for the National Science Foundation in FY 2012.
To sustain the groundbreaking research necessary to meet our nation’s current and future energy and health challenges, FASEB recommends an appropriation of $5.10 billion in FY 2012.
USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)
FASEB supports funding the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) at $500 million in FY 2012.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical and Prosthetics Research Program
FASEB recommends funding the Medical and Prosthetics Research Program at $621 million in FY 2012.
The funding report will be distributed to members of Congress, health-research officials in the Obama administration, and organizations in the research community. It will serve as the basis for FASEB’s federal funding advocacy efforts for the next fiscal year. For a print copy of the report, call (301) 634-7650 or download the file from the FASEB website.