|NIH Postdoc Training Stipends|
April 16, 2014
President Obama Released FY2015 Budget Request: Total R&D funding would amount to $135.4 billion, an increase of $1.7 billion or 1.2% above FY2014 levels. This also represents a $5 billion or 3.9% increase above FY2013 sequester levels. NSF Highlights: FY2015 budget request for NSF is $7.25 billion, an increase of 1.2% above the FY2014 estimate. According to the NSF, this would help to support 11,000 research grant awards to 2,000 institutions and support 300,000 individual researchers. NIH Highlights: The NIH budget request is $30.2 billion, an increase of $200 million above FY2014. This would allow the agency to award 4% more grants (329) than in 2014 and 13% more (1,092) than in 2013.
FY 2015 House and Senate Appropriation Hearings: Both the House and Senate Appropriation Subcommittees are conducting hearings with cabinet heads to discuss the President's FY 2015 budget. Echoing past years, the proposed FY 2015 House budget resolution emphasizes defense spending, and would likely result in steep cuts to nondefense research.
Please contact your Senators and Representatives and encourage them to support an appropriation of $32 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Funding for NIH would favor that the National Research Service Award (NRSA) entry-level stipend now at $42,000 continues to increase.
February 10, 2014
National Institute of Health (NIH) annouces FY2014 baseline stipend now $42,000 for postdocs on NRSA grants. This results from the NIH Biomedical Workforce Report which the NPA had submitted testimony advocating for an increase in Postdoc stipend (see Past NPA actions below).
January 15, 2014
NIH and NSF funding passed for FY2014: The bipartisan appropriations deal reached by Congress has only partially restored the NIH's funding to pre-sequestration levels, setting aside $29.93 billion for the next year.
The bill, drafted by House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky) and Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), appropriates $29.93 billion for FY2014, $1 billion more than after 2013 sequestration cuts kicked in, but still $714 million less than was enacted prior to sequestration. The funding is below what White House and Senate Democrats had expected (President Obama had suggested $31 billion for NIH in FY2014). The NIH says the funding is $950 million less than its 2012 appropriation.
The much smaller National Science Foundation (NSF) is getting $7.2 billion in FY14, about $82 million less than pre-sequestration levels last year.
The NIH training stipends support more than 17,000 training positions and are used as a benchmark by research institutions across the country for compensation of postdoctoral scholars. In 2001, the NIH pledged to raise the entry-level postdoctoral stipend for the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) to $45,000. Due to a lack of funding, the NIH has been delayed in keeping its pledge. In 2008, the NIH announced that it would hold the NRSA fellowship stipend levels for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 at the FY2007 levels, continuing a stipend freeze from 2006. In 2009 and 2010, the NRSA stipends were increased by 1% each year, and in 2011, by 2 percent (the NPA applauded this increase). The stipends increased another 2% for FY 2012. FY2013 levels remained at FY2012 levels. National Institute of Health (NIH) annouced FY2014 baseline stipend now $42,000 for postdocs on NRSA grants. This results from the NIH Biomedical Workforce Report which the NPA had submitted testimony advocating for an increase in Postdoc stipend (see Past NPA actions below).
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