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Obama's 2010 Budget Goals Include Cancer Research Funding Boost

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — A day after Congress began taking up the delayed 2009 federal appropriations, the Obama Administration today released the broad outlines of its 2010 budget, which is still in the works.

Although the specific funding levels at many departments are still being drafted and will not be submitted until President Barack Obama submits his official budget request, the White House and the Office of Budget and Management today listed a number of priority areas, including a $630 billion, 10-year commitment to health care reform.

The White House outline released today does specify that the National Institutes of Health's budget will include $6 billion to support cancer research in particular, teeing off a "multi-year plan to double cancer research."

The budget also would provide $7 billion for the National Science Foundation, an increase of 16 percent over last year's funding level. The NSF budget increase will support graduate research fellowships and early career researchers, and support will go to educate technicians in hi-tech fields. The increase also will be used to encourage "high risk" research that could lead to "radical new technologies," and will prioritize climate-change research and education.

Specific funding numbers for the research branches of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy were not included in today's budget outline.

As reported earlier today by GenomeWeb Daily News, the US House of Representatives passed a $410 billion 2009 appropriations bill for a number of agencies, which included nearly $1 billion more for the National Institutes of Health.

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