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Supporters of the controversial funding category are fighting efforts to keep its budget from growing and trying to increase applications in an attempt to mollify critics.
Some scientists are displeased that, as mandated in Congress's 1992 reauthorization of the SBIR program, the portion of NIH's R&D budget designated for SBIR is set to grow from 2 percent in 1996 to 2.5 percent in 1997. Critics charge that funded...
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