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NIH primed to house $6.5bn ‘Darpa for health’ agency


Plans settle questions over status of breakthrough-focused health research funder

The White House has laid out plans for a multi-billion-dollar funding agency tasked with delivering medical breakthroughs, cementing its intention for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health to be housed within the National Institutes of Health.

Suggested under the administration of former American president Donald Trump, a medical research funder based on the high-risk, high-reward model of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is becoming reality under his successor Joe Biden. In April, Biden requested $6.5 billion over three years from Congress to set up what has been dubbed Arpa-H.

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