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FASEB Issues Recommendations for '08 Funding Increases at NIH, DOE, NSF, and USDA

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology today released funding recommendations for the four primary federal bodies that support genomics and proteomics research.
Writing in its in its annual report, which it has submitted to Congress, FASEB made its recommendations for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Agriculture.
Listing genomics and molecular genetics discoveries as important reasons to fund the NIH, FASEB said funding for the agency should increase on a 3-year plan that would allow the institute to “recoup the losses caused by biomedical inflation,” FASEB said in a statement accompanying the release of the report.
FASEB also said that the National Science Foundation’s budget should be doubled to around $11 billion over the next decade, with an increase of about 8 percent to $6.5 billion in 2008 from just over $6 billion in 2007.
For the USDA, FASEB recommended $248 million for the National Research Initiative and around $1.4 billion for the Agriculture Research Service, a nearly 40-percent increase from the $1 billion it was allocated in 2007.
Finally, FASEB said that the DOE’s Office of Science receive $4.37 billion in fiscal 2008, an increase of 6.3 percent over the requested appropriation of $4.1 billion.

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