On March 15, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 into law, an omnibus bill that sets the budgets for all federal agencies for the rest of FY2022. The bill includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bringing its total budget to almost $45 billion.
According to information from the Laboratory Products Association (LPA), each of the 27 centers and institutes that make up NIH will see a budget increase of at least three percent. While representing an almost five percent increase over last year’s budget, this is not the largest year over year increase the NIH has seen over the last 10 years, according to data from the LPA. The biggest jump occurred in 2018, when the budget rose by around eight percent, while 2013 saw the largest decrease in the past decade, with the NIH’s budget being cut by five percent.
For the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services overall, according to information from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the funding includes:
- The $45 billion total budget for NIH, which includes $606.7 million for NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards program and $410.4 million for its Institutional Development Award program
- $1 billion and “some limited authorities” within the Office of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary to set up the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health
- $8.4 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- $350 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- $1.3 billion for various Health Resources and Services Agency programs
The bill also temporarily extends some telehealth policies put in place for the current COVID-19 pandemic, among other health care provisions.