Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

At $493M, NHGRI s Proposed FY 2005 Budget Marks Modest Increase over FY 2004

NEW YORK, May 25 (GenomeWeb News) - President Bush's budget request for the 2005 fiscal year includes $492.7 million for the National Human Genome Research Institute - an increase of $13.8 million and 2.9 percent over NHGRI's final appropriation for FY 2004.


The proposed budget -- if approved in its entirety by the House and Senate appropriations committees in the fall - would mark the lowest year-over-year increase for NHGRI in a decade.


The FY 2005 request for NHGRI earmarks $359.4 million for 326 research grants - up from $344.2 million for 295 grants in FY 2004. Of its total research grant budget for FY 2005, NHGRI expects to award $134.5 million for 249 research project grants and $211.9 million for 31 research center grants.


NHGRI said it plans to support 157 pre- and postdoctoral trainees in full-time positions during FY 2005, with a training budget of $7.5 million - the same budget it had for training in FY 2004.


NHGRI has cut its R&D contract budget by nearly 30 percent in FY 2005, however. In FY 2004, 10 R&D contracts were awarded, totaling $18.1 million. NHGRI said it plans to increase the number of R&D contracts awarded in FY 2005 to 20, but will curtail its available funds to $12.9 million.


NHGRI is requesting funding to create only one new position in FY 2005, for a total headcount of 289 full-time employees.


An overview of the proposed budget for NHGRI in FY 2005 is available here, and a detailed breakdown of the NHGRI's budgeting justification can be found here.


The Scan

Octopus Brain Complexity Linked to MicroRNA Expansions

Investigators saw microRNA gene expansions coinciding with complex brains when they analyzed certain cephalopod transcriptomes, as they report in Science Advances.

Study Tracks Outcomes in Children Born to Zika Virus-Infected Mothers

By following pregnancy outcomes for women with RT-PCR-confirmed Zika virus infections, researchers saw in Lancet Regional Health congenital abnormalities in roughly one-third of live-born children.

Team Presents Benchmark Study of RNA Classification Tools

With more than 135 transcriptomic datasets, researchers tested two dozen coding and non-coding RNA classification tools, establishing a set of potentially misclassified transcripts, as they report in Nucleic Acids Research.

Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.