FASEB Analysis Documents Impact of Congressional Delays in Approving NIH and NSF Budgets

September 14, 2018

A new analysis from FASEB found that the past decade has seen more extreme delays and greater year-to-year variation in how long the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other federal research agencies operated without a final budget.Congress has repeatedly failed to pass appropriations bills on time. The average delay for NIH and NSF was more than 130 days from fiscal year 2009 – 2018. Late appropriations slow scientific discovery and impede efficient management of research funds as federal agencies are prohibited from awarding new grants and may postpone funding decisions. By returning to regular order and passing appropriations bills before the fiscal year starts, Congress can maximize the national investment in science and help stabilize the research enterprise.

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