Congress is dissatisfied with NIH's spending priorities!

This passage appeared in a highly prestigious journal of science.

"Important elements in both Senate and the House are showing increasing dissatisfaction over Congress's decade-long honeymoon with medical research....critics are dissatisfied...with the NIH's procedures for supervising the use of money by its research grantees....NIH officials..argued, rather, that the most productive method in financing research is to pick good people with good projects and let them carry out their work without encumbering them...its growth has been phenomenal....[NIH director}: nor do we believe that most scientific groups in the country have an asking and a selling price for their product which is research activity...we get a realistic appraisal of what they need to do the job..the supervisory function properly belongs to the universities and other institutions where the research takes place....closing remarks of the report are:...Congress has been overzealous in appropriating money for health research".

It appeared in the early 1960s in Science magazine.

D. S. Greenberg, Science 13 July 1962:
Vol. 137 no. 3524 pp. 115-119
DOI: 10.1126/science.137.3524.115.

3 responses so far

  • There is certainly something to be said for the "good people with good projects" model, but especially in 1962 I suspect that was code for funding the good old boys network.

  • drugmonkey says:

    Oh just in 1962, eh? McKnight meant something totally different did he?

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