Congress Boosts Funding for the National Library of Medicine

January 28, 2016 at 5:17 pm | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Acts of 2016. Among its many provisions, the act increases the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) funding by approximately 3.36% when compared to Fiscal Year 2015. In terms of dollars and cents, the NLM will receive $394,664,000 for Fiscal Year 2016, which runs from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

Of particular note is the fact that Congress appropriated these funds directly to the NIH. In the past, funds were first given to other NIH institutes and then they would send the along to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, providing this funding directly to NCBI “increases funding transparency and enhances NCBI’s ability to provide an integrated, genomic resource for biomedical researches at NIH and around the globe.”

More information can be found in the announcement on the Medical Library Association’s blog.

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

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