Last week, congressional leaders met and passed an omnibus appropriations bill for FY2018. This $1.3 trillion spending package provides substantial budget increases to a number of different agencies.
Of special interest is that of the National Institutes of Health with a $3 billion increase, bringing its FY2018 budget to $37.1 billion.
Under the NIH, certain programs were earmarked for funding such as an additional $414 millionfor Alzheimer’s research, and $140 million for the BRAIN Initiative, bringing their respective budgets to $1.8 billion and $400 million.
Additionally, clinical and translational science funding will see a $27 million increase, for a total budget of $543 million.
Other agencies benefited include the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy’s Office of Science, NASA science programs, and more.