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The fiscal year (FY) 2003 budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), based on current law, is $27,244 million. The president's budget requests $27,335 million for the NIH, an increase of $3,902 million, or 16.7%, over the FY 2002 estimate and an increase of $3,712 million, or 15.7%, when including the FY 2002 Emergency Response Fund. This budget completes the president's commitment to double the FY 1998 appropriation level in 5 years.
In the proposed budget, support for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) research will increase by $255 million, or 10%, over the FY 2002 estimate, for a total of $2,770 million. It is anticipated that the request will allow the NIH to continue its FY 2002 support of $100 million for the Global Fund to Fight human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, to further the NIH's efforts to prevent and alleviate these diseases. FY 2003 funds will also be used to address converging arenas of scientific opportunity and public health, such as bioterrorism, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and the health of minority populations.
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