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Bush to Complete 5-Year Doubling of NIH Budget

Bush to Complete 5-Year Doubling of NIH Budget

WASHINGTON—President Bush’s proposed new budget for the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), if enacted by Congress, would complete the 5-year,
bipartisan effort to double the agency’s budget over 5 years.

In his request for fiscal year 2003, which begins on Oct. 1, the President
asked the House and Senate to boost the NIH budget to $27.335 billion, an
increase of 15.7% over funds appropriated for the current fiscal year.

Mr. Bush also asked for a total of $5.5 billion for cancer research at NIH,
including $4.725 billion for the National Cancer Institute, an increase for NCI
of 12.2% over FY 2002. If Congress accepts the request, the NCI budget will
have risen 85.4% during the last 5 years.

An NIH statement said that the increased funding would enable it to
"accelerate the pace of cancer research" and support
"large-scale studies on critical cancer control, prevention, and screening
questions."

The proposed budget also calls for $4 billion for the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an increase of 57.3%, most of which will fund
bioterrorism research. It also seeks $2.77 billion government-wide for AIDS
research, an increase of $255 million (10%) from the current budget.

The budget includes $4.012 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, a decrease of $170 million (4%) from CDC’s current budget.

The President asked Congress to approve $1.727 billion for the Food and Drug
Administration, an increase of nearly 8%. The FDA’s proposed budget includes
an anticipated $295 million from user fees, including $272 million collected
under the Prescription Drugs User Fee Act. This act enables pharmaceutical
companies to contribute to the drug review process to speed it up.

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