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Funding levels for the remainder of FY2013 have been set (see this recent AAAS article that details the effects the FY2013 appropriations bill will have on research funding levels – for example, NIH will be funded 4.8% less than FY2012).

Both the US Senate and House of Representatives have also just passed individual, non-binding FY2014 Budget Resolutions which vary greatly in both their approach to deficit reduction and their support for science funding. Now, Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and David McKinley (R-WV) are circulating a “Dear Colleague Letter” calling for an increase in NIH funding for FY2014 to $32 billion.

The letter begins:

As Members of Congress who value the critical role played by the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) in better health outcomes, job creation, and economic growth, we
respectfully request that the NIH receives at least $32 billion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.
We feel this amount is the minimum level of funding…

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