Trump's 2021 budget calls for 8% NIH cut

By The Science Advisory Board staff writers

February 11, 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on February 10 released a proposed budget for 2021 that includes an 8% cut in funding to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), proposing a 2021 budget of $38 billion, compared with the $41.4 billion the agency has had in 2020.

The NIH cuts are just one line item in the president's proposed $4.8 trillion federal budget for the coming year. It proposes several cuts to NIH institutes, including the following:

Proposed 2021 U.S. budget for select federal agencies
  2020 budget 2021 proposed budget
National Cancer Institute $6.2 billion $5.7 billion
National Human Genome Research Institute $606.3 million $550.1 million
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering 403.6 million $368.1 million
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke $2.3 billion $2.1 billion
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences $832.9 million $787.7 million

The proposed budget also includes cuts to programs in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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