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NIH Distributes $150 Million FY2008 Supplemental Funding; NEI Receives $3.5 Million, for an FY2008 Funding Total of $670.7 Million

Legislative Update
August 6, 2008

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has posted in its Web site a summary of the distribution of the additional $150 Million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 appropriations. On June 30, President Bush signed into law a Supplemental Appropriations bill, passed overwhelmingly by the House (416-12) and the Senate (92-6), which included a science package of $150 million in additional FY2008 NIH funding, as well as $62.5 million for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The National Eye Institute (NEI) received an increase of $3.5 Million over its initial FY2008 appropriation of $667.1 million, for an FY2008 total of $670.7 million, or a 0.5 percent increase. The Supplemental Appropriations billís Report Language had instructed the Office of the NIH Director to prorate funds to the Institutes, Centers, and NIH Common Fund per the initial FY2008 appropriations. Bipartisan Senate leaders, specifically Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-PA), had directed these additional resources to fund 246 research grants beyond that possible in initial appropriations.

Note that the FY2008 NEI increase does not include the additional $3 million that vision researchers received from the NIH Director's Bridge Fund within the NIH Common Fund.

Click here to see a comparison of the FY2008 funding total and the NIH and NEI funding levels in the proposed FY2009 House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) appropriations bills, which have not yet been finalized.