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NIH to fund ''wild and crazy'' research

Scientists who have been linkurl:complaining;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/52946/ about flat NIH funding may get relief in the form of a new funding scheme. But run-of-the-mill researchers need not apply. This linkurl:grant initiative;http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-08-002.html is only for exceptionally innovative and unconventional proposals. "The wild and crazy projects," that linkurl:Laurie Tompkins;http://www.nigms.nih.gov/About/Tompkins.htm , a program direct

Edyta Zielinska
Scientists who have been linkurl:complaining;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/52946/ about flat NIH funding may get relief in the form of a new funding scheme. But run-of-the-mill researchers need not apply. This linkurl:grant initiative;http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-08-002.html is only for exceptionally innovative and unconventional proposals. "The wild and crazy projects," that linkurl:Laurie Tompkins;http://www.nigms.nih.gov/About/Tompkins.htm , a program director at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) wants to see cross her desk are those that will have a big impact on a large number of scientists. The program, which offers scientists a $800,000 package over four years, is called EUREKA, for Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration. Several institutes have committed to funding the EUREKA projects, but at $5 million, for 13-17 projects, NIGMS is allotting the most money. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...

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