Just as White House officials promised over the weekend, the 2011 funding bill agreed to by Congress and the White House last Friday spares biomedical research from major cuts.
Details released today indicate that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would receive $30.7 billion, or $260 million below the 2010 level. The 0.8% cut includes $210 million spread across all 27 NIH institutes and centers and the director’s office, and $50 million from a buildings account. (Adding a 0.2% across-the-board cut in all non-defense agencies, the total cut will be about $300 million, says David Moore of the Association of American Medical Colleges.)
By contrast, an earlier House bill, H.R. 1, would have slashed NIH’s budget by $1.6 billion to $29.5 billion.