Since its initial funding in FY 2001, the PPT Program’s annual budget has ranged from $8.6 million to $12.2 million with additional funding sources adding between $1.3 million and $8.8 million (Figure 2-1). These figures do not encompass PPT-relevant work on hearing loss, fall protection, and antivibration gloves. Extramural research funding is provided through the NIOSH Office of Extramural Programs (see below).
The PPT Program’s funding from external sources, which totaled $1.3 million in FY 2007 but was as high as $8.8 million in FY 2003, has been largely targeted at PPT for first responders in the event of a terrorist attack. These activities also included the development and implementation of federal regulations to certify respirators designed to reduce exposures to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) hazards. Sources of external funding for this project included the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of the Navy. In recent years, both external funding and the PPT Program’s budget have simultaneously declined (Figure 2-1; Table 2-1).