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More money for science in the USA


US President Joe Biden presented the country’s 2022 budget in April. Details are yet to be released, but the document signals a significant increase in public investment in research and development (R&D). Almost all federal agencies are included, especially those combating COVID-19 and climate change. The budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is set to be increased by 22.5% in 2022, to US$8.7 billion. The National Science Foundation, the country’s main funding agency for basic science, will receive US$10.2 billion, a 20% increase. To fight climate change, Biden proposed a 10.2% boost to funding for the Department of Energy, which in 2022 will receive US$46.1 billion, as well as US$6.9 billion for the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA), an increase of 25.5%. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world’s leading center for biomedical research, will receive US$51 billion (21.4% more than this year). The budget is still be discussed in congress, which has the final say in how much each agency will receive. The news, however, was greeted with relief by the American scientific community, which has welcomed a radical change in the White House’s attitude toward investment in science and technology.