White House Proposes 12 Percent Cut to NIH Budget in Fiscal 2020

White House proposed a 12 percent decrease in funding to the National Institutes of Health as part of the White House's budget plan for fiscal 2020.

In the proposal — called A Budget for a Better America — President Trump seeks $34.37 billion for the NIH in the coming fiscal year, a figure that includes $492 million in resources made available through the 21st Century Cures Act and $150 million in mandatory funding. The NIH is funded at $39.31 billion for the current fiscal year. 

The White House budget plan calls for cuts across all NIH agencies in fiscal 2020 including the National Cancer Institute, which would see its funding fall $897 million to $5.25 billion; the National Human Genome Research Institute, which would lose $80 million in funding to $495 million; the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which would be allocated roughly $4.75 billion, down $769 million; and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which would experience a $486 million funding reduction to $3.0 billion.


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