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Friday, January 16, 2009

Bailing out life science

Life sciences will indeed receive a boost in funding in President-Elect Barack Obama's sprawling economic recovery plan, according to figures from the House Appropriations Committee released today. A statement from the committee says that the National Institutes of Health will get $2 billion, the National Science Foundation will receive $3 billion, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will get $462 million.

As the 111th Congress squabbled over the finer points of the recovery package, science advocacy and trade organizations voiced their hopes and rallied their membership to ensure that research is not forgotten in the latest efforts to rally the flagging US economy. The figures put forth by the Appropriation Committee fall short of the wish lists put forth by many of these groups.

The clearest voice clamoring for increased funding at government life science agencies has come from Research!America. The science advocacy group suggested that an infusion of $11.1 billion would resuscitate agencies such as the NIH, NSF and the CDC. The group sent a letter in December to Obama asking that NIH be given an $8.6 billion boost while NSF and CDC get $1.4 billion and $1 billion, respectively.

The Society for Neuroscience has assembled a nice little fact sheet on how investing in the NIH can translate directly to economic stimulation.

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