Congress has inched closer to finalizing the budgets for key federal science agencies in the 2010 fiscal year, with a small boost for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a larger increase for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the works.
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A combined House and Senate appropriations committee linkurl:agreed; on a 2.3% bump for the NIH, which will have a $31 billion budget next year. This represents an increase of about $692 million over the agency's 2009 budget (not counting the billions it raked in from recovery funding) and is about $250 million more than President Barack Obama's budget request for the NIH. The NSF fared a little better, linkurl:netting; a $436 million budget bump to bring its 2010 budget to a cool $6.9 billion. This is a 6.7% increase over NSF's 2009 base budget and includes $310 million for climate change research,...

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