NIH releases 2011 budget

The National Institutes of Health spent more than half of the $8.2 billion it received for science under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009  last year, or $4.6 billion, and expects to spend another $3.6 billion this year.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services budget for 2011, HHS expects that approximately $5.2 billion in stimulus funds, left over from the ARRA's first year, will be spent in 2010.

One billion dollars of that total funding received by the NIH under the ARRA was spent for extramural lab construction and renovation, $8.2 billion was for research, $500 million went to buildings and facilities expenses and $300 million was given to the shared instrumentation program.

Only $52 million was spent in 2009 for extramural lab construction in renovation, leaving $948 million left for 2010. An additional $450 million is left for buildings and facilities after only $50 million was spent in 2009. Another $247 million still remains for the shared instrumentation program following the expenditure of $53 million on it in 2009.

The 2011 budget proposal also includes $476 ear marked for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. That money would be used in funding the development of next-generation countermeasures, including those that would fight anthrax and acute radiation syndrome. Pandemic influenza preparedness activities are also set to receive $302 million from the budget.

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