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Current Status and Background

June 16, 2015

Appropriations Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services Funding Bill which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow June 17  – The bill provides a total $31.2 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), $1.1 billion above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $100 million above the President’s budget request.

Please contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to support FY 2016 appropriation of $32 billion for the NIH. Funding for NIH would favor that the National Research Service Award (NRSA) entry-level stipend now at $42,840 continues to increase.

March 3, 2015

Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request by NIH Director The President’s FY 2016 budget request for the NIH is $31.311 billion, $1 billion or 3.3 percent above the enacted FY 2015 level. The FY 2016 budget request will enhance NIH’s ability to support cutting-edge research and training of the scientific workforce says NIH Director Francis Collins. Within this budget, we will increase Research Project Grants (RPGs), NIH’s funding mechanism for investigator-initiated research. NIH expects to support 10,303 new and competing RPGs in FY 2016, an increase of 1,227 above the FY 2015 estimate.

February 3, 2015

President Obama Released FY2016 Budget Request: President Obama’s federal budget request would provide six percent more R&D funding than enacted FY 2015 levels.NIH would receive $31.3 billion, representing an increase of 3.3 percent from FY 2015. The National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) within the Department of Commerce, together would receive a total of $13.8 billion, an increase of $0.7 billion over FY 2015. NASA's proposed budget increase is also relatively modest, with a 2.7 percent bump up to $18.5 billion.

November 20, 2014

Congress is currently working on the fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations bills before the current “continuing resolution” – the temporary budget mechanism funding the federal government – expires on December 11, 2014. Earlier this year, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved draft bills to increase funding for the NIH, the NSF, and other science agencies. In order for these increases to become law, Congress must pass an omnibus funding measure in the next few weeks.


Please contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to complete the FY 2015 appropriations process by passing an omnibus spending bill. and support an appropriation of $32 billion for the NIH and $7.6 billion for the NSF. Funding for NIH would favor that the NRSA entry-level stipend now at $42,000 continues to increase.


February 10, 2014

NIH announces 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).


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 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 one percent each year, and in 2011, by two percent (the NPA applauded this increase). The stipends increased another two percent for FY 2012. FY2013 levels remained at FY2012 levels. NIH annouced FY2014 baseline stipend to rise to $42,000 for postdocs on NRSA grants.This resulted from the NIH Biomedical Workforce Report which the NPA had submitted testimony advocating for an increase in postdoc stipend (see past NPA actions below). FY2015 were increased further to $42,840. The FY2016 baseline stipend level was $43,692. The FY2019 baseline stipend is $50,004.


Graph constructed from data obtained from NIH website:

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