Professional Judgment Budget Archive
The NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) works to ensure that NIH HIV research funding is directed at the highest priority research areas. As part of its mandate from Congress, OAR prepares two budget documents annually:
- Congressional Budget Justification (CJ)
- Professional Judgment Budget (PJ)
The CJ describes to Congress the NIH HIV/AIDS research and activities supported by the President’s Budget Request. Learn more about the CJ here.
The PJ estimates the funds needed, beyond the President’s Budget, to fully pursue key areas of HIV research. The document highlights specific scientific opportunities that, in OAR’s professional judgment, may benefit from increased investment during a particular fiscal year. The research opportunities outlined in the PJ align with the NIH HIV research priorities, as defined in the FY 2021–2025 NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research, and are informed by OAR’s work with all NIH institutes, centers, and offices (ICOs) that fund HIV research.
OAR is one of only three NIH ICOs given the opportunity to present this type of visionary document to Congress. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) also prepares a Professional Judgment Budget, and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) prepares the NIH Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Professional Judgment Budget.
The PJ is a key component of OAR’s mission to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic and improve the health of people with HIV.
FY 2025 NIH HIV/AIDS Professional Judgment Budget
The FY 2025 NIH HIV/AIDS Professional Judgment Budget identifies key scientific investment opportunities that will accelerate progress and promise in HIV and AIDS research. It requests $3.953 billion for NIH HIV/AIDS research—an increase of $659 million, or 20 percent, over the FY 2023 enacted budget of $3.294 billion. With additional funding, the NIH HIV research program would pursue scientific opportunities across four key areas:
- Basic research to promote discovery and advance HIV science
- Development and assessment of novel interventions
- Translation, implementation, and dissemination of HIV research discoveries to optimize public health impact
- Infrastructure and workforce development to enhance capacity and increase diversity
To learn more, download the full FY 2025 NIH HIV/AIDS Professional Judgment Budget.