For 2008, the National Institutes of Health budget will increase by 1 percent. After President Bush vetoed a bill that would have given the NIH $1 billion more, Congress responded with a $329 million increase, or 1 percent, much of which -- $300 million -- is earmarked for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Blogger Jake Young responds, "What never ceases to astonish me is how science and scientists can have such a good public image, and yet this positive public image does not translate into continued funding."
In the same breath, Congress also endorsed open-access. All NIH-funded research now has to be freely-available 12 months after publication and Steve Salzberg is celebrating, though cautiously. "This new free access policy is a big breakthrough…Now let's work on reducing that 12-month delay to zero," he writes.