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Researchers set out vision for NIH

A dozen biomedical researchers—including two former directors of the National Institutes of Health—have recommended a series of reforms for the agency to president-elect Donald Trump.

A report released on 14 November by the science and policy experts describes a number of goals for the NIH and suggests ways that the next administration might get there. Among them is lowering the barriers between the NIH’s 24 institutes or centers and streamlining rules and procedures across them; something current NIH director Francis Collins tried with little success early in his tenure.

The working group that wrote the report suggested that the NIH increase its Common Fund, which supports research that bridges different institutes or centers, and continue to nurture larger cross-disciplinary programs such as the BRAIN Initiative. It also suggested convening a group of experts to come up with new ideas for structuring the NIH.

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