On 30 September, President Bush signed into law the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 2638, P.L. 110-329), a stopgap measure that funds the federal government through 6 March 2009 or until the enactment of regular appropriations bills. The continuing resolution (CR) funds the majority of the federal government at FY 2008 appropriations levels, with exceptions for relief and recovery from natural disasters. The National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) received an additional $400 million under a supplemental FY 2008 spending bill that passed in June, yet did not receive that additional funding in the CR.

NIH is facing a budget that is just one percent over the FY 2007 amount, due to the elimination of $150 million received in the supplemental. According to a Science news article, due to the uncertainty of how much NIH will receive for the remainder of FY 2009, the agency will likely award fund fewer grant applications in December.


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