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Increases for the CDC in the FY 18 Omnibus Spending Bill

Source: Grant Resource Center by Fatoyinbo, Willette B.

​The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the only organization equipped with the technical expertise, skill, and capacity to: 1) detect and respond to outbreaks; 2) implement prevention disease strategies; and 3) tackle existing and emerging health threats throughout all seven continents. The FY 18 appropriations bill allocates $480 million towards an infrastructure investment for a new US-based Biosafety Level (BSL) 4 Laboratory responsible for housing the most dangerous and mysterious transmittable infections like Ebola and Marburg viruses. In addition, the CDC will receive a boost in the following areas:

  • $98 million (nearly a 50 percent increase over FY 17 budget) to continue the interagency strategy to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks through the Global Health Security;

  • $610 million ($35 million above the FY 17 budget) to maintain and replenish expiring medical countermeasures in the Strategic National Stockpile to strengthen national preparedness efforts; and

  • $670 million ($10 million above FY 17 budget) to support the National Disaster Medical System's goal to help states prepare, respond, and recover from emerging threats such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. 

From a public health and social sciences perspective, GRC has a watchful eye on the public and scientific debate surrounding the CDC's capacity to resume gun violence research. In 2016, President Obama signed an executive order to redirect energy towards added mental health treatment options, research, and development efforts coupled with tighter restraints on background checks and gun sales.

Despite ideological differences, the FY 18 omnibus appropriations bill lifted a rider clause--originally found in the Dickey-Wicker Amendment (1996 federal spending bill)-- which prohibited funds given to CDC's Center for Injury Prevention "…to advocate or promote gun control."

FY 18 National Institutes of Health Budget Review

Source; Grant Resource Center by Fatoyinbo, Willette B

Despite proposed budget cuts, to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the FY 18 appropriations bill shows substantial gains for the nation's medical research agency. The Budget ensures continued reimbursement to grantee research institutions for facilities and administrative costs along with support for advances in cancer research to include: 1) Cancer Moonshot, an initiative dedicated to increase access to cancer screening and treatment; and 2) The Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (Kids First), a research data resource designed to improve the study of childhood cancers and/or structural birth defects.

In fact, NIH anticipates a $3 billion increase-- to total $37 billion in FY 18-- with allocation boosts in the following research areas: 

  • $1.8 billion (+$414 million) for Alzheimer's disease research;$500 million for a new initiative to research opioid addiction, development of opioids alternatives, pain management, and addiction treatment.​

  • $400 million (+$140 million) for the Brain Research through Application of Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative;

  • $290 million (+$60 million) for the All of Us research initiative;

  • $10 million (+$8 million) for regenerative medicine research;

  • $100 million (+$40 million) for research to develop a universal  flu vaccine; vaccine; 

  • $513 million (+50 million) for research on combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria;

  • $543 million (+27 million) for Clinical and Translational Science Awards;

  • $357.6 million (+$17 million) for Institutional Development Awards (IDEeA); and

  • a new multi-year Down Syndrome research initiative that will expand NIH support for research on Trisomy 21 and related diseases and disorders.

Contact Willette B. Fatoyinbo, GRC Program Manager, to learn more about NIH funding and opportunities. from the National Science Foundations is now available as a proposal submission system (as of April 30, 2018)

The Proposal Preparation and Submission Site  focuses on enhancing the user experience and reducing administrative burden with an intuitive interface and automated compliance checking. The new system is being developed incrementally and, as more FastLane features become available in, the system features will expand until it replaces FastLane for proposal preparation and submission. FastLane will continue to be available, and users will have the option to use either or FastLane to prepare and submit proposals.These features are available currently for Full, Research, non-collaborative proposals, Click on the URL for FAQs.



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