WASHINGTON-The National Institutes of Health will receive an additional $910 million this year in a budget that provides for more than 6,200 new and competing grants, 21 new research centers, no lid on the total number of projects to be funded and no provision to lower the reimbursement rate for administrative indirect costs paid to universities.

This good news for scientists comes as part of an agreement between House and Senate conferees on the Institutes' budget for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. At press deadline legislators had not decided whether to include this agreement in a $500-billion funding measure that Congress must approve to keep the government running or to vote on it as a separate appropriations bill that includes the budgets for the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Labor.

For most of the decade the Reagan administration has submitted a conservative budget for the...

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