Congress Finalizes FY 2009 Research Funding

The Senate approved the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (H.R. 1105), finalizing funding levels for the fiscal year that began on October 1, 2008. Increases for research to improve health are as follows:

 *   National Institutes of Health - $30.3 billion, a 3.2% increase
 *   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - $6.6 billion, a 3.7% increase
 *   Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - $372 million, an 11.3% increase
 *   National Science Foundation - $6.5 billion, a 5.9% increase

The FY 2010 budget and appropriations process is already underway. Advocacy and action will be critical to ensuring robust funding for research to improve health in FY 2010.