Budget

NIH's Billion-Dollar Boost Gains Ground

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There are many miles (and, more literally, possibly several months) to go before the federal budgeting process for the 2009 fiscal year is complete, and therefore much could change. But based on the initial signs, the latest of which came Tuesday when a Senate appropriations subcommittee drafted a spending bill for education, health and labor programs, the National Institutes of Health appears to be in line for the sort of hefty increase that biomedical research advocates have been begging for. Most student aid programs, however, would receive no new funds.

Another Whack at Biomedical Research Conflicts

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With legislation that would mandate new rules for NIH-funded research, Senate appropriations panel joins Grassley push for more scrutiny of academic scientists.

A Piece of the Stimulus Pie

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With U.S. government planning massive infusion of funds to spur economy, college groups offer ideas, common and conflicting, for how higher ed can help the country (and vice versa).

Manna From Heaven (er, Washington)

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House economic stimulus package would provide as much as $20 billion for students, $8 billion for scientific research, $9 billion for academic facilities, and $39 billion for states to soften blow of education budget cuts.

Sorting Out the Stimulus

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As Senate and President Obama offer details on their packages, Republicans question whether spending on education and aid to states will stimulate economy.

The Senate Weighs In

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Spending panel proposes $1 billion increase for NIH but would keep maximum Pell Grant at $4,050.

Good Money After ... Mediocre?

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As House passes stimulus bill, experts on college access and affordability question recent policy approaches that economic package would reinforce.

Downturn in Federal Research Spending

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New U.S. data show agencies' spending on R&D declined in 2008 and that funds for basic studies have fallen by average of nearly 2 percent a year since 2004.

Facilities Fund Struck From Stimulus Compromise (Update)

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Separate pool of money for college renovations seemingly dropped in final version, but state education aid would grow to $54 billion and some could be used for buildings.

Dissecting Obama's Message

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WASHINGTON -- Is it feasible for every American to have at least one year of postsecondary education or training? What would have to happen to make that possible? Would federal financial aid and other policies need to change? Would the distribution of students among different kinds of colleges have to change?

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