To keep biomedical research chugging along happily, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology says the NIH budget needs to get raises after the stimulus funding runs out. According to Science Insider, NIH needs a 10 percent raise in 2011 and 3 percent above inflation (6 to 7 percent) raises after that, so that in 2012, the NIH budget would be $36 billion. If these increases do not happen, incoming FASEB president Mark Lively says, new awards will plummet. "We're going to slow progress; we're going to end careers; we're going to be terribly discouraging to young scientists," he says. Lively also suggests that investigators be given more time to spend their stimulus funds.
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Jul 09, 2009