Grants to be announced today (September 30) will bring the total amount of recovery act funding spent by the National Institutes of Health to more than $5 billion, top officials said this morning. The NIH has awarded 12,000 biomedical research grants since the the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was passed in February. An linkurl:analysis; published last week by the American Association for the Advancement of Science indicated that the NIH had awarded only about $2.6 billion of the $10.4 billion it netted in the recovery act. Today's announcement adds almost $3 billion in awarded funding to that figure. "I am confident that millions of Americans alive today, and millions more in the future, will live longer and healthier lives because of the grants we announce today," said NIH director Francis Collins, speaking today at the agency's Bethesda, Maryland campus. Collins added that more than 1800 of the...

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