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Where the stimulus's NIH money went

Yesterday, I put health-research funding into the basket of stimulus policies that wouldn't do much in the short term but could do a lot in the long term. Today, a reader e-mailed to say I'm wrong and that this money pays out more quickly and directly than I'd anticipated. She passed along this report (pdf) from a medical research group that tries to explain more clearly where the money is going. The stimulus was so big that a lot of the projects it funded are totally unknown. But when you drill down into them, they're the sort of things that most of us will eventually be glad were done. Building up our medical research infrastructure is very much one of those.

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
 
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For what its worth, my wife oversees a Recovery Act NIH-funded public health research grant that has employed seven FTEs--all from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods--since November 1, 2009.

Posted by: mjp8 | August 10, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

It directly saved my full-time position. I was paid half by my hospital department, and half by another NIH grant. My department made enormous cuts because of the recession, and I lost that half of my income. We had a new grant in the pipeline that was languishing for a year and a half, just under the percentile fund point. The first thing NIH did when it got that money is fund all the research that didn't quite make the cut (the percentile is as much determined by their funds, not necessarily the quality of the proposal, you know). So, I was re-hired at full time 50/50 on both grants.

How's that for immediate stimulus?

Posted by: roquelaure_79 | August 11, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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