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AAAS: FY 2005 Budget Proposal Would Mean Drop in R&D Funding for Most Agencies

NEW YORK, April 23 (GenomeWeb News) - The American Association for the Advancement of Science's R&D budget director said yesterday that US President George Bush's proposed FY 2005 budget would decrease R&D funding for nine of the 12 federal agencies with the largest R&D budgets.


Kei Koizumi, director of the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program, made his remarks at the annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy. At the same forum, US Senator Tom Daschle also criticized the president's budget, while US presidential science advisor John Marburger praised the budget, emphasizing its strong support for basic research.


Koizumi said that funding for the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration would increase, while funding in all other R&D areas would decline. The DHS would get a $100 million increase from its FY 2004 budget.


The National Institutes of Health would see an overall rise in funding over the next five years, but funding for non-biodefense programs would fall by 7 percent, according to AAAS analysis.


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