FY 2017 Federal Funding Update

As of early July, Appropriations Committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate have completed work on most of the twelve appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2017. However, with elections taking center stage and a limited work period before the October 1st start of the new fiscal year, prospects for final passage of the funding bills by the full Congress are uncertain. Later this summer, Members of Congress will most likely enact a continuing resolution to extend funding for federal agencies and programs, including those that fund research, at FY 2016 levels until after the elections are completed. Depending on the outcome of the elections, final work on the spending measures may not be completed until after the 115th Congress is sworn in next January.

Current proposed funding levels for research agencies:

Agency FY 16 Enacted Levels White House FY 17 Proposed1 House FY 17 Proposed Senate FY 17 Proposed FASEB/APS FY 17 Recommendation
NIH $32.3 B $33.1 B $33.1 B $34.1 B At least $35 B
NSF $7.46 B $7.96 B $7.4 B $7.5 B At least $7.9 B
VA Med & Pros Rsch $630.7 M $663 M $663 M $663 M $664.7 M
NASA $19.3 B $19 B $19.5 B $19.3 B Increased funding for biological and human safety research

1The White House’s FY 2017 proposed budget for the NIH, NSF, and NASA included a combination of discretionary and mandatory spending.