As with all of NIH, the budget for NCATS is based on the fiscal year (FY) appropriation provided by Congress and the President. The process starts with the President’s Budget Request, which is usually released in February. The President's request typically is followed by appropriation hearings by Congress, which result in appropriation bills and reports. The final appropriation bill, if passed by Congress and signed by the President, provides NCATS with its budget for the FY (October 1 through September 30).  

NCATS tracks the status of its budget and provides relevant information below. The status of all appropriation bills also is available.

Future Fiscal Year: 2019

Congressional Appropriations Hearings

The Congressional Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies usually hold hearings on the NIH budget request.

Senate Hearing: May 17, 2018
Subcommittee Website NCATS Director's Statement for the Record (PDF - 28KB)

House Hearing: April 11, 2018
Subcommittee Website

Budget Request

The President released his FY 2019 budget on February 12, 2018. The FY 2019 budget request for NCATS (PDF - 436KB) is $685,087,000.

NIH is described on pages 40-46 of the HHS Budget-in-Brief (PDF - 1.9MB). 

Current Fiscal Year: 2018

Appropriation Law

On March 23, 2018, the President signed into law (P.L. 115-141), the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (also known as the Omnibus), funding NIH/NCATS through the end of the fiscal year. The Act provides the following for NCATS:

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
For carrying out section 301 and title IV of the PHS Act with respect to translational sciences, $742,354,000: Provided, That up to $25,835,000 shall be available to implement section 480 of the PHS Act, relating to the Cures Acceleration Network: Provided further, That at least $542,771,000 is provided to the Clinical and Translational Sciences Awards program.

The Explanatory Statement accompanying the Act includes the following:

Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program.—The bill provides $542,771,000, an increase of $26,651,000, for the CTSA program. The agreement continues to support the program, a stabilization in the number of hubs funded, and a five year grant cycle. The agreement acknowledges the positive changes made to the program in response to language included in the fiscal year 2018 Senate Report, including the increase in communication and collaboration with the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The agreement expects the Director to provide quarterly updates to principal investigators of CTSA hubs beginning within 30 days of enactment of this Act and to continue the ongoing updates to the Committees. Finally, the agreement expects written notification to continue to be provided to the Committees at least three days in advance of any public release of CTSA grant awards.

Continuing Resolutions

Per Public Law 115-56 (Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018), as amended by Public Law 115-90 (Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018), Public Law 115-96 (Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018), Public Law 115-120 (Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018), and Public Law 115-123 (Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018), the Federal government operated under a Continuing Resolution through March 23, 2018.

Budget Request

The President released his FY 2018 budget on May 23, 2017. The FY 2018 budget request for NCATS (PDF - 563KB) is $557,373,000.