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President Issues FY2012 Budget Proposing 2.4 Percent Increase in NIH Funding, 1.8 Percent Increase in NEI Funding, Per NEI Congressional Justification

Legislative Update
February 14, 2011

The President today released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 budget proposal which included a $745 million, or 2.4% increase (compared to FY2010, since FY2011 not finalized), in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), from $31 billion to $31.7 billion.

The National Eye Institute (NEI) would receive an increase of $12.4 million, or 1.8 percent increase (as compared to FY2010, since FY2011 not finalized) to a level of $719.06 million from $706.7 million. The NEI has posted its Congressional Justification for its funding level.

As the budget issued, the House was embarking on a debate on the FY2011 Continuing Resolution (CR), since the current CR expires on March 4. The House Appropriations Committee released details on February 11, proposing NIH funding at $29.38 billion, which is the FY2008 funding level, reflecting a 5.2 percent decrease from the FY2010 level. NEI funding would also be cut to the FY2008 funding level of $670.7 million, or a 5.2 percent cut. The proposed $30 million NEI cut means that it would fund 43 fewer research project grants.