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US federal science dollars increase slightly for 2021

The US modernizes its energy policy and gives an overall boost to federal research funding in a jam-packed year-end budget deal to fund most of the federal government. The deal provides a total of $1.4 trillion for fiscal 2021, along with a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package. Total R&D funding for 2021 amounts to $165 billion, an increase of less than 1% over 2020, according to an analysis by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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