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Biomedical funding encourages 'mediocrity,' ignores 'innovate thinkers,' critics say

Published December 07, 2012 by OSP


Critics have long argued that NIH, which spends some $30 billion a year on biomedical research at universities and medical centers worldwide, funds conventional, incremental science rather than swing-for-the-fences studies more likely to produce breakthroughs. But an analysis by Nature goes further: It marshals data to show that U.S. biomedical researchers who make the most influential discoveries are not getting NIH support.

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