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For All But NIH, the Devil Is Indeed in the Details

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Science  13 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5515, pp. 182-183
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5515.182

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While officials talked up the president's 2002 budget request-the details of which were released on 9 April--as a real boon to science, the numbers said otherwise for nearly every agency except the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The proposal included a 13.5% increase for NIH, while the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy's Office of Science, and NASA would get essentially flat funding and the U.S. Geological Survey would be cut by 8%. Many science lobbyists are hoping Congress will come to the rescue.