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NIH funding rates drop to record lows

Although the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) was largely spared the budgetary axe in the agreement reached last month by Congress, researchers will nevertheless soon feel the sting. Speaking before a Senate appropriations subcommittee yesterday, NIH director Francis Collins said that agency will likely only fund one in six grants in 2011 — the first time that the award rate has dipped below 20%. Here, the percentages of individual research project grants (R01s) awarded over the past 15 years are shown (with the projected level for 2011).

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