Statement on Appropriations Bill FY 2019

FoNIA Statement for Appropriations Bill FY 2019


July 2, 2018 – The Friends of the National Institute on Aging (FoNIA) sincerely appreciates the Senate Appropriations Labor, HHS and Education Subcommittee’s sustained and meaningful support for the National Institutes of Health.  We thank Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt and Ranking Member Patty Murray for their leadership on the research funding included in the FY 2019 appropriations bill, which includes a $2 billion increase for NIH.

The funding, approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on June 28, will provide for increased investment in the NIA, the lead federal agency for biomedical research on aging.  For FY 2019, the NIA is to receive $3,084,809,000 for NIA, a significant boost from the FY 2018 level of $2,574,091,000.  This investment comes at a time when scientific advances are around every corner.  We have the ability to make a real difference in people’s lives by coupling our understanding of health through the lifespan and biological aging with opportunities for increased research in new directions.  This knowledge will translate into improved care and quality of life for all of us as we age.

The FONIA is also pleased with the committee’s continued support for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research.  NIA, in conjunction with several other institutes at NIH, is working toward the ambitious national goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, as set out in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.  The $425 million increase for Alzheimer’s and related dementias research enables NIA to take advantage of every breakthrough and every new piece of knowledge.

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to take up its version of the Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations bill after the July 4 recess.

NIA seeks public comments on a specific Eureka Challenge prize idea for improving care coordination for AD/ADRD

This week, the NIA released a new IdeaScale platform to collect public comments on a specific Eureka Challenge prize idea that we are considering, that’s relevant to improving care coordination for AD/ADRD.  Additional background information is provided on the IdeaScale web site.  Please share this announcement with your networks and don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Dawn Beraud with additional questions.  Note that all comments must be submitted electronically at, and they must be received by June 30, 2018.

Friends of NIA Host Educational Briefing

Friends of NIA hosted an educational briefing on May 9, 2018 on Translating Scientific Discovery into Better Care: Groundbreaking Research at the National Institute on Aging.  Featured speakers included Richard Hodes, MD, Director of the NIA and Marie A. Bernard, MD, Deputy Director of the NIA.  Special guests included The Honorable Ed Markey (MA), Senate Co-Chair, The Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and The Honorable Earl Blumenauer (OR), Co-Chair, Congressional Neuroscience Caucus.