2018 Research and Public Health Funding Advocacy Highlights
Published on: December 11, 2018
2018, ASH continued to be highly visible in our advocacy for federal support of
biomedical research and public health funding, including funding for the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). Because of these
efforts and the work of medical research advocates across the country, Congress
passed final fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations legislation in late September
2018 that included a $2 billion dollar (5.4 percent) increase for the NIH,
bringing the agency’s total funding level to $39.1 billion. The bill also included $7.95 billion in
funding for CDC, a more than $126 million increase over FY 2018.
Trump signed the funding bill into law on September 28. This marked the fourth consecutive year of
funding increases for NIH and the
first time in more than two decades that the Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which funds NIH and CDC, as
well as numerous other federal public health agencies, was enacted before the
start of the fiscal year.
materials, comment letters, and testimony concerning ASH advocacy related to
NIH funding can be found on the ASH website.