FY22 omnibus bill includes increases for Pell Grant, research agencies

On March 11, President Joe Biden signed the FY22 omnibus appropriations bill U.S Capital

On March 11, President Joe Biden signed the FY22 omnibus appropriations bill – H.R. 2471, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 – to fund the federal government until the end of the current fiscal year, ending September 30, 2022.

The following is a summary of appropriations that impact the University of Oregon and other higher education institutions and research universities:

Financial Aid: The omnibus funds the Pell Grant program at $22.475 billion and in combination with mandatory funding the maximum award is increased by $400 to $6,895, the biggest increase in a decade. A coalition of higher education institutions, including the University of Oregon, are attempting to double the Pell Grant to $13,000 through a multi-year advocacy campaign.

Federal Work Study (FWS) is funded at $1.21 billion, a $21 million, or 1.8% increase above FY21.

Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is funded at $895 million, a $15million, or 1.7 % increase over FY21.

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) is funded at $23.55 million, 0.2% increase over FY21.

FY22 funding for federal agencies and programs of interest to the UO and other research universities includes the following.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): The omnibus provides funding for NIH at $45.184 billion, an increase of $2.25 billion, or 4.7%, increase above the FY21 level.

Department of Education (ED): Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is funded at $737.02 million, a $94.4 million, or 14.7% increase above FY21. However, most of the increase is related to a shifting of a line item that used to be in a different ED budget to the IES budget; the research and development line item includes more than a 4% increase over FY 21.International Education and Foreign Language Studies (Title VI) is funded at $81.66 million, a 4.7% increase over FY21.

 National Science Foundation (NSF): The omnibus provides $7.8 billion for NSF, an increase of $295 million, or 4 percent, above the FY17 funding level. The Research and Related Activities Directorate receives an appropriation of $6.33 billion, which is an increase of $301 million over FY17. The Education and Human Resources Directorate receives $902 million, an increase of $22 million over FY17. The omnibus also includes $182.8 million for Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction, which is a $26 million decrease from FY17.

Department of Energy (DOE): The omnibus provides $7.475 billion for the DOE Office of Science, an increase of $449 million, or 6.4%, above FY21. The measure also funds the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at $450 million, a $23 million, or 15%, increase above FY21.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): The omnibus provides $180 million for NEH, a $12.5 million, or 7.5%, increase above the FY21 funding level.

Department of Defense (DOD): The measure includes $2.76 billion for 6.1 basic research, a $92 million, or 3%, increase above FY21. The bill provides funding for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) at $3.87 billion, an increase of 10.5% over FY21.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI): The omnibus provides $445 million for AFRI, a $10 million, or 2.3%, increase above the FY21 funding level.

Other Provisions of Interest

ARPA-H: The bill includes $1 billion to establish ARPA-H within the HHS Office of the Secretary to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs for diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cancer.

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