House Bill Signals the End of NIH's Double-Digit Growth

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Science  27 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5628, pp. 2019
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5628.2019a

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It may be crunch time for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), judging by Congress's first action on the 2004 biomedical budget. NIH has seen a series of double-digit increases over the past 5 years, but a House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee last week marked up a bill that would give NIH a rise of only 2.5%--to $27.7 billion--signaling an abrupt halt to the expansion. Biomedical research advocates are hoping that the Senate, which begins work on its own bill this week, will scrape up more money.