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Science spending in the U.S. set to remain low

By Tim Sandle     Mar 8, 2014 in Science
President Barack Obama’s proposed 2015 budget asks for a fraction of a percent increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a one percent boost in funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Obama’s proposed 2015 budget maintains funding for many science agencies. However, there are no significant increases.
This mainly affects the two main U.S. science funding agencies. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a U.S. government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering.
The low-level increases have not gone down well with the science community in the U.S. Benjamin Corb, the public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, in a statement: "Any funding increase in times of austerity is of significant benefit for the community. However, members of the community are feeling the budget crunch, and are concerned that the President’s request for the NIH is still below pre-sequester levels of funding for the agency. The scientific community still needs help to recover from these cuts."
To add to this, Kevin Wilson, the director of public policy at the American Society for Cell Biology, told Nature: “There’s not enough money to do anything interesting.”
To counter-balance these statements, Bernice Johnson (D-TX), a ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, said that the Obama’s proposal is “a realistic, yet bold plan for action.”
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