HIV/AIDS: Special Set-Aside Dropped

Growing pressure from Congress and some advocacy groups have resulted in the NIH announcement that it no longer will set aside a fixed 10% of its budget—$3 billion this year—for HIV/AIDS research.

There are also plans to reprogram $65 million of its AIDS research grant funding to focus sharply on ending the epidemic, the agency says.

The freed up $65 million will go into a “common pool” for AIDS research that institutes can compete for based on the new priorities, NIH Director Francis Collins says. “It will result in shifting the dollars around.”


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