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National Institutes of Health grants are being trimmed about 1 percent, ScienceInsider notes. This reduction is due to the about 1 percent reduction in NIH's overall budget for 2011, as compared to 2010. In a notice, NIH says that "modular and non-modular research grants, from all ICs [institutes and centers], with the single exception of NCI, will be reduced to 1 percent below the FY 2010 award level. Inflationary adjustments for recurring costs on non-competing research grants in FY 2012 and beyond will be set at the 2 percent level." NCI grants will be cut more steeply — by 3 percent. Our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News adds that the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology estimates that, excluding stimulus funded-grants, NIH is funding 2,000 fewer grants than it did in 2004.