Can the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other institutions funding biomedical research make it easier for new investigators or those with innovative ideas to secure grant money? The Los Angeles–based Broad Foundation thinks so and offers itself as a model.
Beginning in 2001, the foundation's Medical Research Program has helped fund new researchers and those with original ideas to study inflammatory bowel disease. The foundation believes its quick-turnaround method of disbursing grants could work for other private and public funding institutions, said Daniel Hollander, MD, the program's director.
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