News Focus2003 BUDGET

War Effort Shapes U.S. Budget, With Some Program Casualties

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Science  08 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5557, pp. 952-954
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5557.952

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The Bush Administration this week unveiled a budget proposal for 2003 that would significantly increase spending on bioterrorism, nanotechnology, and space science, while taking nibbles out of some defense, environment, and energy research programs. Overall, the $2.1 trillion blueprint sent to Congress on 4 February calls for an 8% rise in research spending, to $112 billion, in the fiscal year that begins 1 October. But not everybody is happy that the National Institutes of Health continues to be the dominant player, spending two-thirds of the government's investment in basic research.