EDITORIAL

Ensuring Success for J-NIH

Science  08 Nov 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6159, pp. 670
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6159.670

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Summary

On 30 August 2013, The Japanese government decided to reserve part of its 2014 budget for the launch of a control tower for medical research and development (MedR&D), which, modeled after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, has come to be known as the Japanese version of NIH (J-NIH). By integrating all MedR&D projects currently run by the government's compartmentalized ministries, the new institution is expected to ensure strategic budget allocations and facilitate a seamless flow from basic biomedical research to clinical applications.