1. The Year in Stimulus Funding: The impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on biomedical research

    The Year in Stimulus Funding: The impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on biomedical research
    A little more than a year has passed since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law. In the May 2009 issue of BioPhotonics, we examined the potential impact of ARRA on the biomedical research community: The stimulus package set aside an additional $10.4 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), effectively increasing its budget last year by 34 percent (though the funds will be disbursed over two years). Now, 10 months later, we look at how ARRA has benefited the community thus far, and at some of the challenges faced by the NIH since ...
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