Legislative Updates

Biden Administration Releases Full FY2022 Budget Request, Proposing NIH Funding at $51.953 Billion and NEI Funding at $858.54 Million

05/28/2021 - On May 28, the Biden Administration followed the April 9 release of its “skinny” discretionary budget request with the full Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget request, inclusive of discretionary and mandat… Read More

NIH Director Dr. Collins Testifies Before House and Senate LHHS Appropriations Subcommittees on the President’s Proposed FY2022 NIH Budget, including Creation of ARPA-H

05/27/2021 - On May 25 and May 26, respectively, the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittees of each the House and Senate conducted a hearing with National Institutes o… Read More

NAEVR Testifies at House Public Witness Hearing on FY2022 NIH/NEI and Research Recovery Funding

05/19/2021 - Michael Crair, PhD (Yale University) On May 19, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee held its virtual Pu… Read More

DOD Vision Research Program Releases FY2021 Program Announcements

05/17/2021 - On May 14, the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Vision Research Program (VRP) released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Program Announcements, with $20 million available for research. This year marks the third… Read More

DHHS Secretary Becerra Testifies Before House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee

05/13/2021 - On May 12, DHHS Secretary Xavier Becerra testified before the House Energy & Commerce’s Committee’s Health Subcommittee. While the NIH was not discussed much at the hearing, the President’s proposed … Read More

Senate Confirmation Hearing for OSTP Nominee Emphasizes Diversity and Cures for Disease

05/07/2021 - On April 29, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a confirmation hearing for Eric Lander, PhD, President Biden’s nominee for Director of the White House Office of S… Read More

DHHS Secretary Testifies Before House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Regarding President’s FY2022 Budget Request

04/16/2021 - On April 15, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra testified before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee rega… Read More

Biden Administration Releases FY2022 Discretionary Funding Request with a $9 Billion NIH Increase

04/09/2021 - On April 9, the Biden Administration launched its Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 discretionary budget request, which includes a 16 percent increase for non-defense discretionary spending and a 23.5 percent in… Read More

NIH Releases Survey Results on the Impact of COVID-19 on Extramural Science

03/26/2021 - On March 25, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the results of two online surveys,  conducted in October 2020, which examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its Extramural Scien… Read More

In Seventh Round of BRAIN Initiative Funding, Vision Continues to Receive Significant Awards

03/10/2021 - On November 19, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the seventh round of new funding awards within the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initia… Read More

Congress Passes, President Signs Bill with Final FY2021 Appropriations that Include NIH/NEI Funding Increases and Stimulus with NIH COVID-19 Research Funding

12/27/2020 - Late on December 21, both the House and Senate passed a massive spending bill Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133) that includes $1.4 trillion in government funding that reflects all twel… Read More

Congress Passes Bill with Final FY2021 Appropriations that Include NIH/NEI Funding Increases and Stimulus with NIH COVID-19 Research Funding

12/22/2020 - Late on December 21, both the House and Senate passed a massive spending bill Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133) that includes $1.4 trillion in government funding that reflects all twel… Read More

Senate Appropriations Committee Releases FY2021 LHHS Appropriations Bill with Increased Funding for NIH, NEI

11/10/2020 - On November 10, the Senate Appropriations Committee released draft legislation that includes all twelve of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations bills, including the Labor, Health and Human Servic… Read More

Congress Passes, President Signs a Continuing Resolution that Funds the Government in FY2021 Through December 11

10/01/2020 - On September 30, the Senate approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Continuing Resolution (CR) that keeps the government funded through December 11. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives on Se… Read More

Senate Commerce Committee Approves RISE Act With $10 B in Research Relief Funding for the NIH

09/17/2020 - On September 16, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved by voice vote the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act (S. 4286). The legislation, sponsored by S… Read More

House of Representatives Passes Six Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Bills, Includes Funding for National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute

07/31/2020 - On July 31, the House of Representatives approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations ‘minibus’ bill comprised of six individual spending bills: Labor Health and Human Services, and Education (LHH… Read More

Senate Introduces Bill with $15.5 B in Emergency Funding for the NIH, Including $10 B for Research Relief

07/28/2020 - On July 27, the Senate began to release a series of bills within its $1 trillion Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act which includes $15.5 billion in emergency s… Read More

House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill with $20 M for Vision Research Program

07/15/2020 - On July 14, the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY2021 Defense spending bill which includes $20 million in VRP funding, the third year that the program has been funded at that level. A… Read More

House Appropriations Committee to Mark Up FY2021 LHHS Spending Bill with Modest Appropriated NIH/NEI Increases Plus Emergency Funding for Grantee Relief

07/13/2020 - Update: On July 13,  the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2021 Labor-HHS bill by a vote of 30-22. On July 13, the House Appropriations Committee will mark up its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021… Read More

House Passes The Heroes Act With $4.75 B in NIH Funding With At Least $3 B in Relief to Grantees to Offset Reduction in Lab Productivity, But Bill Unlikely to See Senate Action

05/18/2020 - On May 15, the House approved the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, also known as The Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), a $3 trillion package to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. It p… Read More

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