If a bill passed on September 15 by the Senate Appropriations Committee
is ultimately signed into law, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will
see its budget rise 4% for fiscal year 2005 to $28.9 billion. But if a House
version (endorsed by the Bush administration) carries the day, the NIH’s
budget will increase by only 2.6%.
The differences in the two budgets mean a lengthy debate is expected.
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology said in a statement
that the amount proposed by the House bill would be the lowest percentage
increase the NIH has received in almost 2 decades and, with the rising costs
of research, would result in the elimination of an estimated 640 grants.
Mitka M. NIH Budget Battle Looms. JAMA. 2004;292(18):2205. doi:10.1001/jama.292.18.2205-a