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CCTS Newsletter | October, 2018

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Dale Dirks and Dane Christiansen

October 5, 2018


Just ahead of the October 1st start of fiscal year (FY) 2019, Congress passed and the president signed an appropriations package dubbed “Minibus #2”. This package included final FY 2019 funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as a Continuing Resolution to keep the agencies within the seven unfinished appropriations bills operating at their FY 2018 levels until December 7th. Congress will need to revisit the outstanding FY 2019 spending measures (Homeland Security, Interior and Environment, etc.) during the lame duck session following the November elections.


Most crucially, Minibus #2 includes meaningful funding increases for clinical and translational research programs new resources for research training and career development activities. On behalf of the community, the Coalition for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) thanks the Senate and House appropriations committees for their ongoing support for our priorities and their continued investment in the full spectrum of medical research. CCTS would also like to thank all of the volunteer advocates that once again achieved such positive results through personal outreach and engagement with their legislators. Below, please find a summary of key items from Minibus #2:


-          $39.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health, an increase of $2 billion above FY 2018.


-          $361.57 million for the Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) program, an increase of $11 million over FY 2018.


-          The Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program is funded at “not less than” its FY 2018 level while funding for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities is increased by over $11.5 million.


-          $559.74 million for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, an increase of $17.0 million over FY 2018.


-          Up to $80 million for the Cures Acceleration Network at NCATS, a maximum increase of $55 million over FY 2018.


-          $338 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an increase of $4 million above FY 2018.


-          Notable funding increases for various research programs within the DoD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.