Mike the Mad Biologist

The Stimulus: Better Than It Looked…

…at one point, anyway. It was good to see Pelosi and the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party hold the line against the Blue Dogs. Anyway, here are some science-, health-, and education-related stimulus increases:


Pell grants for higher education: $15,840,000,000

School improvement grants awarded based on the number of homeless students identified in a state: $70,000,000

Energy efficiency and conservation block grants: $3,200,000,000
Weatherization Assistance Program (increases maximum income level and maximum assistance): $5,000,000,000
Advanced batteries manufacturing, including lithium ion batteries, hybrid electrical systems, component manufacturers and software designers : $2,000,000,000
Modernize electricity grid: $4,400,000,000
Fossil energy research and development: $3,400,000,000
Department of Energy science programs: $1,600,000,000
Advanced Research Projects Agency: $400,000,000
Innovative technology loan guarantee program: $6,000,000,000

National Institutes of Health grants and contracts to renovate non-federal research facilities: $1,000,000,000
National Institute of Health grants and contracts for shared resources and equipment for grantees: $300,000,000
National Institutes of Health fund to support scientific research: $7,400,000,000
National Institutes of Health Common Fund: $800,000,000
National Institutes of Health renovations of high-priority buildings at the Bethesda, Md., campus, and at other locations: $500,000,000
Comparative effectiveness research: $300,000,000
Comparative effectiveness research by the National Institutes of Health: $400,000,000
Comparative effectiveness research by the Department of Health and Human Services: $400,000,000
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: $1,680,000,000
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s regional or subnational efforts: $300,000,000

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration operations, research and facilities: $230,000,000
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration procurement, acquisition and construction: $600,000,000
NASA science: $400,000,000
NASA aeronautics: $150,000,000
NASA exploration: $400,000,000
NASA cross agency support: $50,000,000
National Science Foundation research and related activities: $2,500,000,000
National Science Foundation education and human resources: $100,000,000
National Science Foundation major research equipment and facilities construction: $400,000,000
National Science Foundation – Office of Inspector General: $2,000,000
Smithsonian Institution repairs: $25,000,000

Could have been worse. I know NIH program officers are very excited about the funding increases.