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ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS
After lobbying efforts from lawmakers and science advisors, the new, DARPA-like biomedical research agency will be a part of the National Institutes of Health, but its director will report directly to the secretary of Health and Human Services.
ABOVE: Carol M. Highsmith
ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS
ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS

After lobbying efforts from lawmakers and science advisors, the new, DARPA-like biomedical research agency will be a part of the National Institutes of Health, but its director will report directly to the secretary of Health and Human Services.

After lobbying efforts from lawmakers and science advisors, the new, DARPA-like biomedical research agency will be a part of the National Institutes of Health, but its director will report directly to the secretary of Health and Human Services.

ABOVE: Carol M. Highsmith

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A bipartisan bill aims to increase the National Science Foundation’s budget over the next five years and form a new technology directorate.
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