The National Institutes of Health (NIH) should receive $30 billion in Fiscal 2007, a 5% increase of $1.43 billion over the current year?s funding of $28.57 billion, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) recommends in its annual funding report released last week (January 20). FASEB officials also outlined plans for a major lobbying campaign to press for increased biomedical funding for NIH and other Federal agencies for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, 2006.In previous years, FASEB had recommended NIH budget increases of around 10%. The proposed 5% increase, slightly more than this year?s rate of biomedical inflation -- estimated by NIH at 3.2% -- was ?realistic? and would be sufficient to support new research opportunities without being ?so out of touch with present-day realities that people would think we are living in an alternate universe,? FASEB President Bruce R. Bistrian said in response to a question...

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