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Can Outsiders Do Better in Managing NIH Grants?

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Science  21 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5614, pp. 1823
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5614.1823a

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A White House push to contract out federal jobs is stirring fears that any shakeup could touch a sacred cow: the system used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for reviewing grant proposals. At stake, say NIH scientists, is the continuity and expertise they bring to their jobs.