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October 26, 1984

Opening doors to research resources, facilities, skills

JAMA. 1984;252(16):2328-2331. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350160186055

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The Division of Research Resources (DRR) has the multifaceted role of providing access to clinical research facilities, funding animal research facilities and resources, supporting technical equipment for biomedical scientists, and encouraging members of minority groups to undertake careers in biomedical research. In so doing, says Director Betty H. Pickett, PhD, the division is "undergirding much of the biomedical research effort funded by the National Institutes of Health."

In contrast to other NIH components that received an overall budget increase of 11% in 1984, the division received a 13% increase. This was partially because of the cost of the advanced research instrumentation— for which $20 million was appropriated this year— that it supplies on a shared basis to its grantees.

"I think our Shared Instrumentation Grant Program is a very important challenge," Pickett says, "because a surprising amount of scientific equipment in this country is obsolete."

Meeting this and other challenges