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NIH Prays for a Soft Landing After Its Doubling Ride Ends

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Science  15 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5524, pp. 1992-1995
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5524.1992

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Officially, acting National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Ruth Kirschstein says the agency is ready for slower growth. Privately, however, NIH insiders say that the planners face limited options, in large part because of spending commitments and policy decisions made years ago. Given such predictions, many institute directors have already begun trimming their sails.