Budget set for NIH, new translational center launched

January / February 2012 | Volume 11, Issue 1

NIH is to receive $30.6 billion in its Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations, a slight increase from the previous year. The funding allocation, finalized in late December, includes $575 million to establish the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), intended to re-engineer the process of translating scientific discoveries into new drugs, diagnostics and devices.

NCATS is to serve as the nation's hub for catalyzing innovations in translational science to speed development of treatments and cures, working closely with partners in the regulatory, academic, nonprofit and private sectors.

"Congressional support for the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences marks a major milestone in mobilizing the community effort required to revolutionize the science of translation," said NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins.

Under the appropriations, the NIH Common Fund received nearly $546 million for cross-cutting, catalytic research projects. The funding legislation also officially eliminated the National Center for Research Resources, which has transferred its funding programs to other NIH components.

Fogarty's budget remains about the same as FY 2011, at roughly $70 million.

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