A $1 billion boost for NIH announced in the 2011 budget this morning (Feb 1) has quelled fears that US President Barack Obama's proposed non-security discretionary spending freeze would decrease budgets at federal science agencies.
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Numbers released from the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) tell of slight increases in the budgets of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Obama requested $32.1 billion for the NIH in 2011, calling for the agency to "Initiate 30 new drug trials in 2011, and double the number of novel compounds in Phase 1 - 3 clinical trials by 2016," according to linkurl:information;http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/factsheet_department_health/ from OMB. The president requested --and got -- $30.8 billion for the NIH last year. Overall, Obama requested $81.3 billion for all of the Department of Health and Human Services...

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