President's FY 2015 Budget Summary

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
With supplemental spending recommendations included, the budget requests over $31 billion for NIH.

  • $30.2 billion recommended for NIH (slight increase over current levels)
    • $1.6 billion recommended for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) (slight increase over current levels)
  • $970 million in additional funding as part of the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative to support:
    • 650 new grant programs
    • Initiatives investing in breakthrough medical research
    • Increased funding for the BRAIN Initiative ($200 million in FY 2015)

Department of Defense (DoD) Parkinson’s Research
As a congressionally-directed program, the DoD program is not listed in the president’s budget request to Congress. PAN has already begun the process of engaging with members of Congress to ensure that the DoD program receives at least $16 million in funding for FY 2015.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • $2.58 billion recommended for FDA (slight increase over current levels)
  • Includes continued support for the collection of industry-paid user fees to designed to accelerate the drug approval process


  • Proposes closing the Medicare coverage gap, or “donut hole,” for brand drugs in 2016, four years earlier than initially planned, by increasing discounts offered to beneficiaries by the pharmaceutical industry
  • Proposes expanding Medicare doctor pay policies that tie reimbursement for care to better quality of care

Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The budget request supports full funding for programs and initiatives related to the ACA, including the maintenance of the federally-facilitated health insurance Exchanges.

Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentives
The budget proposes making the R&D tax credit, which is designed to incentivize innovative and cross-cutting research, including biomedical, permanent.

Additional updates will be provided as new information becomes available.