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Evidence Package for the National Academies' Review 2006-2007

NIOSH Programs > Respiratory Diseases > Evidence Package > 2. Introduction to the Program

2.4 Resources

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The RDRP budget for fiscal year 2005 was $28,567,465. Approximately 40 percent of this amount supported extramural projects, while 60 percent supported intramural projects. The funding levels for RDRP for the years 1996 through 2006 are presented in Tables 4 (total), 5 (intramural) and 6 (extramural). Data are presented both as actual dollars and as 1996 dollars (adjusted according to the NIH Biomedical Research and Development Price Index [BRDPI], a measure of the degree of inflation in the cost of scientific research).

The gradual climb in total budget between 1996 and 2000 followed the addition and growth of several new intramural RDRP components (HELD, PRL, and SRL). Since 2001, funding has also been provided to another new RDRP component (NPPTL). However, after adjustment for BRDPI, increases in funding have been modest.

From the standpoint of staffing, as noted in chapter 2.3, staff from across NIOSH participates in work relevant to respiratory diseases. A breakdown of research staff by discipline was shown in chapter 1, Figure 2. RDRP researchers are a broad, multidisciplinary group with a wide range and depth of expertise in occupational health, complemented by RDRP's unique legal rights for entry into workplaces.

RDRP possesses outstanding facilities in which to conduct research. A wide range of physical infrastructure and equipment is available to support work relevant to respiratory diseases. Excellent facilities and equipment exist for basic biomedical research, analytical methods development, exposure assessment research, engineering and industrial hygiene research, respirator research, mining research, and epidemiological investigations. RDRP possesses excellent capabilities for obtaining chest radiographs, lung function (spirometry, carbon monoxide diffusing capacity), other measures of respiratory health (exhaled CO, induced sputum, exhaled breath condensate, rhinometry, nasal lavage, nasal mucosal scrapings) and phlebotomy in the field. RDRP possesses a mobile unit able to obtain chest radiographs and perform lung function testing at work sites. RDRP also has the ability to perform sophisticated exercise testing with assessment of exhaled gases.

Table 4
RDRP Total Budget
1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Budget (in millions) $9.7 $10.2 $15.4 $20.5 $22.8 $24.8 $26.1 $26.7 $25.4 $28.6
Adjusted (BRDPI)* $9.7 - - - $20.0 $21.1 $21.5 $21.2 $19.5 $21.1

 * NIH-Biomedical Research and Development Price Index (BRDPI)
(External link: http://officeofbudget.od.nih.gov/UI/GDP_FromGenBudget.htm).
Figures shown as millions of 1996 dollars.

- Data not provided to allow calculation of index.

 

Table 5
RDRP Intramural Budget

 

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Budget (in millions) $7.4 $7.1 $10.9 $13.2 $15.5 $16.2 $16.1 $16.4 $16.8 $17.2
Adjusted (BRDPI)* $7.4 - - - $13.6 $13.8 $13.3 $13.0 $12.9 $12.7

 * NIH-Biomedical Research and Development Price Index (BRDPI)
(External link: http://officeofbudget.od.nih.gov/UI/GDP_FromGenBudget.htm).
Figures shown as millions of 1996 dollars.

- Data not provided to allow calculation of index.

 

Table 6
RDRP Extramural Budget
  1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Budget (in millions) $2.3 $3.1 $4.5 $7.3 $7.3 $8.6 $10.0 $10.3 $8.6 $11.4
Adjusted (BRDPI)* $2.3 - - - $6.4 $7.3 $8.2 $8.2 $6.6 $8.4

 * NIH-Biomedical Research and Development Price Index (BRDPI)
(External link: http://officeofbudget.od.nih.gov/UI/GDP_FromGenBudget.htm).
Figures shown as millions of 1996 dollars.
- Data not provided to allow calculation of index.