Intramural Research Efforts Author: FRANKLIN HOKE, pp.1
Date: May 30,1994

Influence of the agency's scientific directors will ebb if NIH adopts revised methods of reviewing quality, approving tenure

Scientists and administrators at the National Institutes of Health are optimistic that changes suggested by an external advisory committee in a recent report will prove effective in strengthening the agency's intramural research program.

The program, seen by various observers to be slipping in quality in recent years, involves some 6,000 NIH scientists and postdoctoral trainees, with support of their efforts accounting for about 11 percent of NIH's $11 billion budget.

By contrast, about 80 percent of the agency's money goes to its extramural program, in which tens of thousands of scientists in university laboratories and other research settings across the United States compete for comparatively scarce support.

Increasingly, extramural research proposals judged by peer review to be "very good" or even "excellent"...

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