News of the Week2003 BUDGET

Bioterrorism Drives Record NIH Request

Science  01 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5556, pp. 785
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5556.785

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President George W. Bush will propose another record increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) next week in his 2003 budget request to Congress. The additional $3.7 billion represents a 16% rise and would complete a long-cherished 5-year doubling of NIH's budget, to $27.3 billion. But the victory isn't entirely sweet: More than half of the new money would go to combat bioterrorism and to cancer research, meaning that most of NIH's 27 institutes will likely get much smaller increases than their supporters had hoped.