US Senator Mary Landrieu (D–LA) doesn't like that the NIH was exempt from paying its 2.5 percent tax on its stimulus funds that every federal agency usually pays from their research budget to fund the Small Business Innovation Research program, reports ScienceInsider. At an oversight hearing, Landrieu told NIH's acting head of extramural research, Sally Rockey, how stimulus funds have affected small businesses. Rockey then promised Landrieu that NIH is "committed" to giving the SBIR its share of funds and she estimates that NIH will small businesses about $200 million out of its stimulus funds.
NIH, SBIR, and Stimulus Funds
Oct 07, 2009