FY19 NIH, NSF, AHRQ, & FDA Budget Developments

By Steve Pierson posted 02-12-2018 12:16


The Trump Administration released its FY19 budget request February 12, 2018. I will be filling in information as I become aware of it. This blog entry will track FY19 appropriations developments for NIH, NSF, AHRQ, and NIH and so will be updated accordingly. (See log updates below.)  Note that the FY18 budgets are not expected to be finalized until March 23 so that column remains empty in the table below. Links to the FY18 budgets developments are just above table 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:

See also FY19 Statistical Agency Budget Developments and the FY 2019 R&D Appropriations Dashboard



     FY11 FY12 FY13  FY14    FY15   FY16  FY17  FY18     Request    % increase
(vs. FY17)
 House   Senate   Final   % change 


  NIH     30.688     30.623     29.300    30.0701  30.3111   32.3111  34.229 37.084 34.7671 38300*** 39084*** 39084 5.4
   AHRQ     $381 million  371 371 363.7  334  324 334 2562 -21% 334*#* 334*** 338 1.2


NSF 6.913 7.033  6.884 7.172   7.344   7.463  7.472 7.767 7.472 0% 8.175** 8.068* 8.075 4

FDA3 2.597 2.730 2.800 2.812 3.524 +26% 3.108** 3.068 9
1FY14, FY15, FY16, FY17, & FY19 request 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.  The FY19 request includes funding for three agencies, including AHRQ, that are proposed to be absorbed into NIH. 
AHRQ request consolidates AHRQ within NIH as it did in FY18 request with the following language: "

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."
3The FDA levels use the discretionary funds budget authority, which differ from program levels. For more on the FDA budget please see https://strengthenfda.org/.  
Latest Action: *Subcommittee mark-up; **Committee mark-up; ***Passed the Floor 

See also these reports on the FY19 budget request:

Reports on Congressional Consideration of FY19 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. 2/12/18: FY19 Analytical Perspectives
  2. 2/13/18: NIH Budget Authority levels, https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/fy-2019-budget-in-brief.pdf
  3. 5/9/18: House draft FY19 CJS bill, for NSF.
  4. 6/14: House approps committee press release for NIH
  5. 6/29: Senate LHHS report for NIH, AHRQ
  6. 10/5: final levels for NIH and AHRQ
  7. 2/15/19: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/SOM%20FY19%20Consolidated%20Appropriations%20Act.pdf

See also: