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NIH extramural research chief to leave

Sally Rockey, deputy director for extramural affairs at the National Institutes of Health and one of the agency’s most public faces, has announced that she will resign at the end of the summer.

She is leaving to become the first director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a non-profit created in the 2014 farm bill that will use public and private fund to support agricultural research. Rockey previously worked for 19 years in the Department of Agriculture.

Rockey has directed the NIH’s office of extramural research since 2010, where she is in charge of the agency’s roughly $25 billion budget for external grants. She started her popular “Rock Talk” blog in 2011, which she has used to share data about NIH grants, explain NIH policies and procedures and solicit feedback from researchers.

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