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Peering Over a Cliff at the Poststimulus World

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Science  07 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5979, pp. 676
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5979.676

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A year ago, the mood in the U.S. biomedical community was euphoric as researchers scrambled for a piece of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) stimulus windfall. But most of the 2-year grants will run out in 2011. Barring a new windfall—and none is in sight—NIH's budget will drop sharply next year. The result could be the lowest grant funding rates in NIH history, and the academic job market will suddenly dry up—especially for young researchers. Last week, in his first budget defense as NIH director before a House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee, Francis Collins was asked about the poststimulus problem.