President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal calls for increased funding for the NIH and four other agencies involved in biotechnology. NIH would see the smallest increase of about 2.4%, or $745 million, from the last budget approved for the institute. In FY 2010, NIH received $31.24 billion, while the 2012 proposal calls for almost $31.98 billion. Congress has yet to approve a budget for the current fiscal year, which ends September 30. What do you think about NIH’s potential budget for 2012?
Should the NIH receive more than President Obama’s proposed $31.98 billion in 2012, a 2.4% boost to its last budget?