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June 10, 1983

Funding for Research-Reply

Author Affiliations

Memorial Hospital Pawtucket, RI

JAMA. 1983;249(22):3015-3016. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330460015011

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In Reply.—  Regional sources of research funding included nonpharmaceutical sources that devote their resources to one geographic region of the country. These included funds specifically allocated for research by state government agencies, state health groups such as American Academy of Family Physicians state chapters, local heart, diabetes, and eye associations, local foundations, and industry. National nonfederal funding sources included similar nongovernmental groups with a national breadth of funding focus, including the Rockefeller Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, National Society for Prevention of Blindness, and the Reynolds Corporation.Dr Bowman found only one research award from the top 60 private foundations, whereas I found several. This discrepancy may have several explanations. I surveyed all family medicine academic units regarding all research funding received during 1979. Responses included multiyear funding initiated in previous years and funding of collaborative projects in which the principal investigators belonged to other departments or had joint appointments. An additional