Sidebar: NIH's Nealy to Play the Numbers Game

Sidebar: NSF's Ambitious Plans Outpace Budget Hikes

Despite big budget hikes for NIH and NSF, many researchers and officials claim that government backing is inadequate
WASHINGTON--The budgets of most federal research agencies rose this year, some by double digits, as Congress once again was generous to science.

The primary sources of money for academic research had good years: the National Institutes of Health's budget increased by 9 percent, to $9.01 billion, and National Science Foundation funding rose 16 percent, to $2.68 billion. And there are strong indications that President Bush's proposed 1993 budget, to be unveiled February 3, will again feature significant increases for NSF and other agencies. The budget also is expected to highlight government-wide initiatives in biotechnology, science education, high-performance computing, advanced materials and processing, and global climate change.

Nevertheless, many government officials and policymakers are singing the blues when...

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