The Wellcome Trust, the UK's largest independent funder of biomedical research, linkurl:announced;http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/doc_WTX043044.html yesterday (Feb 5) that it will increase its spending from about £2.5 billion (roughly 4.9 billion USD) over the last five years to about £4 billion (roughly 7.8 billion USD) over the next five years. The trust said that it will put more money towards large-scale genetic studies, neuroscience research, and new technologies and facilities such as the linkurl:UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation.;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53962/ The UK funding boost is cheerier news than President Bush's proposed linkurl:FY 2009 budget,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54277/ which cast a cloud over the future US science funding landscape earlier this week.
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