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NIH Urges Investigators to Finish Research On Time

Posted Mar 26 2010 2:55pm

That’s the message from the National Institutes of Health to researchers around the country, including more than 150 at Vanderbilt University, who have received NIH stimulus grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The grants will provide more than $76 million to Vanderbilt researchers over the next two years to purchase major new equipment, hire additional staff and make significant progress on a host of biomedical research projects.

But while researchers can take an extra year to complete their projects (without additional federal funds), any additional extensions will require prior NIH approval, and those requests will be considered only “in very limited circumstances,” the NIH said last week.

That’s because “the primary goals of all NIH Recovery Act awards are to create U.S. jobs and increase the tempo of biomedical research,” the advisory said.

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