Document outlines $2.1 billion in recommended new investments
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has released its annual plan and Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 budget proposal, "The Nation's Investment in Cancer Research." By law, the document, also referred to as the "bypass budget," must be prepared annually and provided directly to the president as the administration's budget request is being formulated. It is also a powerful tool for engaging public support and guiding public policy.
In the NCI's professional judgment, the agency will require approximately $5.1 billion to maintain current activities and an additional $2.1 billion to expand projects and accelerate progress. It received $4.8 billion in federal appropriations in FY2008.
Since 2002, the NCI has operated with essentially flat federal funding. The rate of biomedical inflation has quickly outpaced the growth of research funding and eroded the agency's purchasing power.
Although the NCI will receive around $1.3 billion over the next two years from the 2009 economic stimulus package, that funding will serve a unique, short-term purpose and will not be considered part of the agency's regular budget. Therefore, the regular FY2010 appropriations process will remain important for cancer researchers.
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