In a Flat Discretionary Budget, Slight Boost for NIH Is Good News for Biomed Lobbyists

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is slated to get $32.089 billion, an increase of $1 billion or a 3.2% raise. Biomedical research lobbyists say it's the first time since 2003, the last year of a 5-year doubling, that the White House has requested a raise for NIH that's roughly equal to biomedical inflation.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to spend $222 million on a department-wide autism initiative that will include research, detection, and treatment. Research at NIH will cover genetics and epigenomic studies and speeding up clinical trials. No details yet on exactly how much will go to NIH and how it compares with 2010 spending.

More details will become available at 1 p.m. when HHS holds its briefing.