FY18 NIH, NSF, AHRQ, & FDA Budget Developments

By Steve Pierson posted 03-16-2017 14:12


The Trump Administration released March 16, 2017 its FY18 budget outline [and its full budget May 23.] Titled America First A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, the document covers mostly topline, including budget levels for example for NIH but not NSF. I will be filling in information as I become aware of it.  This blog entry will track FY18 appropriations developments for NIH, NSF, AHRQ, and NIH and so will be updated accordingly. (See log updates below.) To receive notifications of updates, follow ASA Science Policy on Twitter: @ASA_SciPol. 

​Because this blog entry covers everything from the budget request to the final determination of the budget, it can become quite long. To help with that, I'll try to partition the blog entry:

NSF, FDA, and AHRQ FY18 requested budget levels were not included in the March 16 budget but language in the document indicates cuts on the order of 10 percent. The administration also calls for AHRQ to be consolidated within the NIH. 

See also FY18 Statistical Agency Budget DevelopmentsFY17 NIH, NSF, AHRQ, and FDA Budget Developments, and the July Amstat News article, FY17 Federal Budget Resolved; Trump’s FY18 Budget Request Released



     FY11 FY12 FY13  FY14    FY15   FY16  FY17    Request    % increase
(vs. FY17)
 House   Senate   Final  % change 


  NIH     30.688     30.623     29.300    30.0701  30.3111   32.3111  34.084 25.870 -24 35.2** 36.084** 37.084 8.8
   AHRQ     $381 M 371 371 363.7  334  324 2722 -16 300** 324** 334 3.1


NSF 6.913 7.033  6.884 7.172   7.344   7.463  7.472


-11 7.339** 7.311** 7.767 4

FDA 2.597 2.730 2.771


-32 2.759** 2.759** 2812 1.5
1FY14 and FY15 levels are Program levels. FY15 NIH level includes Ebola funding. The levels also includes $150 million for Mandatory Type 1 Diabetes Research and $77.3 million for Interior Budget Authority.  
AHRQ request consolidates AHRQ within NIH: "

The Budget consolidates the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality into NIH and maintains $272 million in discretionary funding for these activities. As part of this consolidation, NIH will conduct a review of health services research across NIH and develop a strategy to ensure that the highest priority health services research is conducted and made available across the Federal Government. The consolidation proposal preserves key activities, such as patient safety research, that improve the quality and safety of American health care. The Budget reduces or eliminates lower-priority programs that overlap with activities administered by other components of HHS.

" The House LaborHHS-Ed, "directs AHRQ to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Public Administration to conduct a study and make recommendations for how the Federal government should best manage this important research, including the optimal organizational location and means of avoiding unnecessary overlap with other stakeholders."
Latest Action: *Subcommittee mark-up; **Committee mark-up; ***Passed the Floor 

See also these reports on the FY18 budget request:

Reports on Congressional Consideration of FY18 budgets

For the NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences the FY13, FY14, FY15, FY16 and FY17 Request numbers are

         FY13    FY14    FY15    FY16   FY17   FY18   $change   %change  
          DMS    $219.0 M  224.97   235.7  233.95 233.5 209.78

 Updates (and sources):
  1. America First A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, 3/16/2017
  2. FY18 numbers inserted from leaked White House FY18 budget spreadsheet, 5/21/17
  3. House CJS press release, 6/28/17
  4. House Ag approps draft bill press release, 6/28/17.
  5. House LHHS approps draft bill for NIH, 7/7/17
  6. Senate LHHS press release, 9/7/17 and LHHS report language for NIH and AHRQ
  7. March Omnibus
    1. Div B for NSF
    2. Div H for NIH and AHRQ

See also:

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