Billions for biodefense: federal agency biodefense funding, FY2009-FY2010

Biosecur Bioterror. 2009 Sep;7(3):291-309. doi: 10.1089/bsp.2009.0035.


Since 2001, the United States government has spent substantial resources on preparing the nation against a bioterrorist attack. Earlier articles in this series analyzed civilian biodefense funding by the federal government for fiscal years (FY) 2001 through 2009. This article updates those figures with budgeted amounts for FY2010, specifically analyzing the budgets and allocations for biodefense at the Departments of Health and Human Services, Defense, Homeland Security, Agriculture, and State; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the National Science Foundation. This year's article also provides an assessment of the proportion of the biodefense budget that serves multiple programmatic goals and benefits, including research into infectious disease pathogenesis and immunology, public health planning and preparedness, and disaster response efforts. The FY2010 federal budget for civilian biodefense totals $6.05 billion. Of that total, $4.96 billion is budgeted for programs that serve multiple goals and provide manifold benefits.

MeSH terms

  • Bioterrorism / prevention & control*
  • Budgets / trends
  • Civil Defense / economics*
  • Financing, Government / economics*
  • Government Agencies / economics*
  • Humans
  • United States