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Researchers: Trump Budget Means 2,000 Fewer Grants

President Trump's proposed budget could cut $1.23 billion from the National Institutes of Health and $350 million from the National Science Foundation.

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Benjamin Corb, director of public affairs for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, recently posted a blog citing that President Trump's budget for 2017 could result in 2,000 fewer research grants being funded.

Corb states that part of the President's $17.9 billion total in cuts includes a $1.23 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health and a $350 million cut to the National Science Foundation. Part of these cuts are a $1.18 billion reduction in funding levels for NIH research grants. According to Corb, this reduction in research grant funding could result in as many as 2,000 fewer funded projects in FY17.

"After a year in which the NIH enjoyed bipartisan support that resulted in a $2 billion increase and passage of a massive legislative package supporting new research programs that will yield life-saving therapies for such diseases as cancer and Alzheimer’s, and to improve the drug-discovery pipeline, the President and his budget team have proposed throwing progress out the window in favor of cutting non-defense discretionary spending," he states.

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