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Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Stimulus Bill Includes New Funding for NIH and NSF

The stimulus package also provides increased investment in research. Of particular interest to research institutions is the nearly $10 billion in new funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH): $8.5 billion for biomedical research, and $1.5 billion for renovations on university research facilities.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will receive $3 billion in additional stimulus funds to support basic research in science and engineering. NIH, NSF, and other research-related agencies are expected to announce their specific distribution plans in the coming weeks.

Stimulus Provisions for Investing in Scientific Research (More than $15 Billion)

$3 billion for the National Science Foundation, for basic research in fundamental science and engineering – which spurs discovery and innovation.

$1.6 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which funds research in such areas as climate science, biofuels, high-energy physics, nuclear physics and fusion energy sciences – areas crucial to our energy future.

$400 million for the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to support high-risk, high-payoff research into energy sources and energy efficiency in collaboration with industry.

$580 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, including the Technology Innovation Program and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

$8.5 billion for NIH, including expanding biomedical research.

$1 billion for NASA, including $400 million to put more scientists to work doing climate change research.
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