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Regents approve 2017 University budget

A request for nearly $8.9 million in research and project funding was approved by the Board of Regents, and will next go the New Mexico Higher Education Department, according to a University press release.

The document stated that the list of proposals is “a preliminary step in developing the University’s fiscal year 2017 budget”.

More than a third of the total requested amount – $3,060,000 – would go toward UNM’s Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO), which “improves access to specialty care for underserved patients in rural New Mexico”.

A total of $7,356,400, including the amount allotted for Project ECHO, would go to programs and research at UNM’s Health Sciences Center. The remainder would go to central campus projects.

However, Kevin Stevenson, UNM’s director of strategic projects, said those numbers are subject to change.

“We will eventually approve the overall legislative priority package,” he said. "That will happen sometime before January."

David Lynch is the news editor at The Daily Lobo. He can be reached at news@dailylobo.com or on Twitter @RealDavidLynch.

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