Stimulus Money Starts to Flow … to Scientists!

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In the debate over the economic stimulus bill, it seemed like all politicians wanted to talk about was “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects.


Congress’s love for roads and bridges notwithstanding, lawmakers did include a significant chunk of money for “shovel-ready” scientific research. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will get $1.12 billion from the package.


Today, the NIH posted its Challenge Grant information, including a call for research in new diagnostics and drugs for MDR/XDR TB and several HIV topics.


Here’s the link,


As you’ll see, the NIH has designated at least $200 million for fiscal year 2009 and 2010 to fund at least 200 grants.


You can also find out about NIAID’s plans for the stimulus money at


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