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Soviets Bump Up Against NIH Ceiling The Fogarty International Center's exchange program with the Soviet Union is oversubscribed for the first time in its 18-year history. "In the past, we didn't have a ceiling on the program because we could always count on the Soviets to limit themselves," says Gray Handley, director of international coordination and liaison for the NIH-based exchanges. But perestroika has increased demand for the short-term visits, in which the Soviets pay for the flight over

The Scientist Staff
Apr 15, 1990

Soviets Bump Up Against NIH Ceiling
The Fogarty International Center's exchange program with the Soviet Union is oversubscribed for the first time in its 18-year history. "In the past, we didn't have a ceiling on the program because we could always count on the Soviets to limit themselves," says Gray Handley, director of international coordination and liaison for the NIH-based exchanges. But perestroika has increased demand for the short-term visits, in which the Soviets pay for the flight over, and NIH finances in-country costs for the visiting Soviet scientists. The program is still quite small--a total of 30 person-months for this year--but Handley says that NIH would be happy to expand it if given additional funds. The Fogarty center also supports exchanges with almost all of the Eastern European countries, at a total annual cost of $350,000. In addition, it runs a visiting scientist program for researchers wishing to come...

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