Ann Bonham, Anthony J. Mazzaschi and Stephen J. Heinig of the American Association of Medical Colleges, a Research!America member, wrote an opinion editorial (available with subscription) in this week’s The Chronicle of Higher Education on the National Institutes of Health funding provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The piece covers the opportunities created by the extra funding, the danger of letting funding drop off again and the potential for publicly accountable research such as comparative effectiveness research.
The development of comprehensive and consistent systems for reporting could prove to be exceptionally important, and national organizations representing academic institutions—including our own, the Association of American Medical Colleges—should assist in the development of standardized methodologies and good practices in measuring the impacts of biomedical and health-related research.
Research!America is also interested in the impact of the ARRA funds on institutions and communities. To find out where ARRA-supported NIH grants have been distributed so far, see our searchable map tool.