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Thanks to NIH, R&D Ends Up With 5% Boost

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Science  03 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5446, pp. 1836
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5446.1836

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Legislators bestowed a record spending increase on biomedical research for the fiscal year that began 1 October to accompany a hefty boost for military science and raises to most other major science programs granted earlier this fall. Overall, federal R&D spending will rise by 5%, to $83.3 billion, according to an analysis by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (publisher of Science). But although many in the science establishment are pleased by the outcome, some worry that the increases at the National Institutes of Health are skewing the balance in federal science spending.