President Obama’s administration revealed its new budget Monday, and it increases funding for nearly all areas of science.
The largest raise went to the National Institutes of Health, which added $1 billion dollars to an already hefty budget. With the boost, the NIH would receive $32.1 billion in total funding. Only the Centers for Disease Control would receive less money than last year, although the cut is small. NASA, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the National Science Foundation, as well as smaller research efforts at the National Institute for Standards and Technology and Department of Agriculture, would also get bumps.
Of course, Obama’s current budget is just a proposal. It still has to make it through Congress and some of his moves — like scrapping the Constellation program mission to the moon — could face heavy opposition.
If approved, the increases would come in addition to the funding for science handed out by the stimulus package, which the Obama administration has often referred to as the “largest single boost in scientific research in history.”
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