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Science Board to the FDA

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, the Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration (SBFDA) met to provide recommendations on the Agency’s work plan on the allocation of innovation funds. Section 1002 of the 21st Century Cures Act provides $495 million in funding to the FDA from fiscal year (FY) 2017 through FY 2025 for FDA Innovation Projects. The Act requires the FDA Commissioner to submit a work plan that describes the budget for planned activities and provides justification based on advancing public health. The plan must be submitted by June 11, 2017, which is within 180 days of the bill’s passage (December 13, 2016). The Act states that prior to submitting the work plan to Congress, the Commissioner must seek recommendations from the SBFDA and include these recommendations in the work plan.