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'Glue Grant' Boosts Cell Signaling Consortium

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Science  15 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5486, pp. 1854
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5486.1854a

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The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is using a novel funding approach to bind together researchers in cutting-edge fields at many institutions, allowing them to transcend their individual areas of expertise. NIGMS has awarded $5 million a year for 5 years to a group of scientists studying cellular signaling. To speed their findings into the public domain and make them available for use in drug testing, members of the project have agreed to post new results in a public database and forgo some patent and authorship claims.