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  • NIH's Bounty Split Between Bricks and Basic Science

    Biomedical researchers will have the chance to apply for quick-hit, $1 million challenge grants as part of the funding that the National Institutes of Health is slated to receive under the proposed economic recovery package introduced yesterday by Democrats in the House of Representatives. Each institute and center at NIH would be asked to identify “real scientific challenges that they are facing,” according to Acting NIH Director Raynard Kington.

  • Biodefense Gets Its Billion

    The stimulus package adds $900 million to the biodefense gravy train, which has received billions in federal funds since 2001. About $420 million of the money would go to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within the Department of Health and Human Services for developing and manufacturing vaccines to counter pandemic flu.

  • New Deputy Director at NSF

    Cora Marrett has been appointed acting deputy director of the U.S. National Science Foundation, effective 18 January. She replaces Kathie Olsen, who has been reassigned to work in the Office of Information and Resource Management as a senior adviser. As a political appointee, Olsen had submitted her resignation to the outgoing Bush Administration and would have had to leave her post by 20 January. The move keeps her at NSF.

  • CDC Would Spend Stimulus Dough on Bricks, Mortar

    Facilities are a big focus of the House stimulus bill, the thinking being that scientific construction provides jobs now and offers intellectual investment for the future. Thus more spacious lab facilities may be on the way at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if the bill passes. Congress is proposing a $462 million boost for the agency, which currently has an $8.8 billion budget.

  • A $3 Billion Bonanza for NSF?

    Officials at the National Science Foundation are still pinching themselves over the agency's high profile in the $825 billion package of proposed tax cuts and new spending that Democrats introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday. The basic research agency is slated to get a $3 billion temporary bump up--half its current $6 billion budget--to spend in the next 20 months on research, training, instrumentation, and infrastructure projects.

  • House Cash Would Bring NASA Down to Earth

    Space program critics often complain that spending money on space doesn't benefit people stuck within the confines of this planet. But in the midst of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, Congress is not buying that logic. As part of the stimulus package, a House of Representatives panel proposed yesterday to give a $250 million boost to the space agency's efforts to understand changes in the planet's climate.

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