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Trump tries to slash research funding again

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President’s favoured technologies spared in plans to cut federal R&D spending in 2021 budget

US president Donald Trump has proposed significant cuts in federal research funding in his budget request for fiscal year 2021. However, his proposal would boost spending on his priority technologies as well as NASA missions to the moon and Mars.

In line with his previous three budget requests, Trump proposed cuts to major US funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)—of 7 per cent and 6.5 per cent respectively.

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