President Bush's fiscal year 2003 budget proposal for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) includes a 16% ($3.7-billion) increase, with much of it allotted to cancer and bioterrorism research. If approved by Congress, the increase would complete a 5-year doubling of the NIH budget advocated by researchers and patient activists. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said the budget could support a record 36 000 grants.
Cancer-related spending would increase 13% to $5.5 billion under the budget. Another $1.5 billion of the increase is earmarked for bioterrorism research. This proposed increase comes on the heels of $2.9 billion in supplemental funds for 2002 for all federal agencies authorized by the president on January 10. A portion of that money has already been given to federal, state, and local agencies for hospital planning, laboratory upgrades, and emergency drug stockpiles.
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