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Senate appropriators work to get NIH and NSF more money

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a continuing resolution for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. The resolution adds money to the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation budgets in the wake of the 5 percent across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, which came into effect on 1 March.

The Senate version of the resolution, approved by the Appropriations Committee on 11 March, would give NIH an extra $71 million above the FY2012 enacted level. It would also provide NSF with a $221m boost. The appropriators estimate that this level would allow NSF to award about 550 more grants supporting 7,000 scientists, teachers, students, and technicians.

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