NIH Will Give Less and Demand More in 2010, New Leader Says

NIH Will Give Less and Demand More in 2010, New Leader Says 1

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President Obama speaks with Francis S. Collins, NIH director, in September before announcing stimulus money for medical research.

One year ago, the nation's research universities were living large, with the National Institutes of Health handing out more than $10-billion in grant money from federal economic-stimulus funds. At the same time, the agency had no permanent leader imposing new demands on how its dollars were spent.

That has changed.

Six months into his job as NIH director, Francis S. Collins is close to announcing new ethics rules for universities and their scientists, to ensure that medical