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Proposed Research Agency Seen as NIH Center ‘On Steroids’

May 25, 2021, 6:38 PM

The NIH’s emerging technologies agency proposed by the White House won’t detract from the rest of the agency’s $43 billion research portfolio, but it may fold in some existing programs.

House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), whose spending panel must sign off on President Joe Biden‘s request for a $6.5 billion agency called the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, said Tuesday that she was “intrigued,” but emphasized that the rest of the NIH—and the 300,000 scientists who rely on its grants—can’t suffer as a result. She further asked about how ARPA-H would differ from the National Center for ...