UW Federal Relations shared the following update on June 10:
Much of the work in Congress has been focused on passage of the annual appropriations bills. This week the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Bill, which impacts campus in many ways. Below are a few highlights:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) – The legislation sets funding for NIH at $34 billion, an increase of $2 billion above FY2016. Within NIH the bill provides:
- $300 million for the Precision Medicine Initiative, an increase of $100 million;
- $1.39 billion for Alzheimer’s disease research, an increase of $400 million;
- $250 million, an increase of $100 million, for the BRAIN Initiative to map the human brain;
- $333.4 million, an increase of $12.5 million, for the Institutional Development Award;
- $463 million, an increase of $50 million, to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria;
- $12.6 million for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act;
- And increases to every Institute and Center to continue investments in innovative research that will advance fundamental knowledge and speed the development of new therapies, diagnostics, and preventive measures to improve the health of all Americans.
- Pell Grants funding – The bill restores year-round Pell grants. It expands eligibility and flexibility in the Pell grant program to allow students who have exhausted their Pell grant award for an academic year, and wish to enroll in additional coursework, to receive a Pell grant for an additional term during the academic year. This provision is expected to provide an estimated 1 million students an additional Pell grant of, on average, $1,650 during the 2017-18 school year. In addition, the bill includes funding to support an increase in the maximum Pell grant from $5,815 for the 2016-17 school year, to an estimated $5,935 for the 2017-18 school year.
- TRIO Programs – The bill provides $900 million, the same as FY2016 for TRIO programs, which provide services to students from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them enter and complete college and postgraduate education.
This bill now awaits consideration by the full Senate. The House is expected to consider their version of the bill sometime later this summer.
To learn more about the other bills moving through Congress and funding levels for other agencies like NSF, DOE, NIFA please see this chart: AAU Funding Priorities FY17.
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