A Controversial IDeA to Shrink the Biomedical Gap

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Science  21 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5538, pp. 2195-2196
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5538.2195

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How should the National Institutes of Health (NIH) help states that do poorly in the race for federal research dollars? This month NIH will award $45 million to 23 states and Puerto Rico under its new Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, part of a rapidly expanding program to help build up the capacity of those states to do good research. Some scientific leaders, however, see a downside to a competition whose participants are limited by geography.