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Trump requests 7% cut in NIH budget

President Donald Trump requested $38.7 billion for the NIH for 2021, a reduction of 7% below current funding, which would result in the funding of 1,874 fewer new and competing research grants compared with this year's estimated 11,379, says Ross McKinney, the Association of American Medical Colleges' chief scientific officer. The budget request includes $50 million for the National Cancer Institute's planned Childhood Cancer Data Initiative, $115 million for tickborne disease research, $30 million to develop gene therapy vectors, $300 million for renovating the NIH's main campus and $355 million for a new National Institute for Research on Safety and Quality to replace the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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