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It's Belt-Tightening Time

US President Barack Obama's proposed 2013 budget is out, and it doesn't include any budget increases for NIH, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. The president's budget would hold NIH's funding at its current level of $30.86 billion, disappointing those who had hoped for a little bit of a bump, Kaiser says. Most of NIH's 27 departments will have the same budgets they already have, but NIH Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak says the agency wants to add $64 million to NCATS — this will necessitate a $48 million cut from the IDeA program and a $28 million cut from the National Children's Study, Kaiser adds.

However, the president's proposed budget includes a 2.4 percent increase to the Department of Energy's Office of Science, a 5 percent increase to the National Science Foundation's funding, and a 13 percent increase in the budget of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, reports ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis.

In addition, if the president's budget passes, FDA's budget would remain relatively flat, except for a boost in user fees; DARPA would get a small increase; CDC would get a small increase, though its discretionary budget would drop; and the building of exascale computing networks at the Department of Energy may take longer than originally expected, ScienceInsider reports.

Daily Scan's sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News has more on the president's proposed budget here.

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