Who Will Be Custodian of the Crown Jewels?

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Science  15 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5524, pp. 1988-1991
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5524.1988

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As it nears the final year of an unprecedented spending spree, the National Institutes of Health has no permanent leader in sight, which is becoming a cause for concern among the biomedical community. It is also feared that the transition from wildly inflationary to just moderate growth could reawaken some of the old tensions that wracked the community in the early 1990s, when competition for funds was intense. How well NIH is prepared for this new era has become a burning question for the community. This special news package looks at the issues facing the next director of the world's leading biomedical research institute and profiles some of the possible contenders for the job. Other stories focus on NIH's need to chart a soft landing after the budget doubling ends in 2003 (see p. 1992) and on who's winning the most and largest grants (see p. 1995).