• The past decade in research has been enormously productive. Funds available for the support of research have increased sharply. The physical volume of research, however, has increased less than the dollar volume.
During the coming decade, there will undoubtedly be an evolution toward support for wider areas of investigation, primarily to provide leeway for the uncommitted investigator. Really significant new ideas are generally the product of one mind, but it is necessary to make sure that there is freedom to choose between the individual and the team attack, whichever can be made most effective.
Some investigators want and need the stimulus of teaching. The problem of establishing a sound financial structure for medical schools must be solved. Funds for general operating expenses are needed, and the question of the balance between specific and general aid is becoming increasingly important.
Shannon JA. TRENDS IN MEDICAL RESEARCH. JAMA. 1956;160(12):1029–1033. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960470025007
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