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President Trump Calls for 8 Percent Cut to NIH Budget

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump on Monday called for $38 billion in fiscal 2021 funding for the National Institutes of Health, representing an approximately 8 percent decrease from the its current $41.46 billion budget. 

The request comes as part of the White House's $4.89 trillion federal budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget plan includes cuts to every NIH institute including the National Cancer Institute, which would receive $5.69 billion down from $6.25 billion; the National Human Genome Research Institute, which would receive $550.1 million versus $606.3 million; and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which would receive $5.45 billion compared with $5.89 billion in FY2020.

The request marks the fourth time President Trump has sought to cut spending to the NIH. Increasing the agency's funding has continued to garner wide bipartisan support in Congress, however, leading to annual increases during his presidency.