Biomedical Research Philanthropy

You know it’s bad when the research deity at one of the top 10 recipients of NIH funding gives a state of the universe speech & tells his audience to look elsewhere for support. In a very timely special feature section, Nature provides in-depth coverage on the brave new world of biomedical research philanthropy.

Philanthropic funding of science and health has doubled in the past decade (thank you, Bill Gates), with foundations alone granting $1.2 billion to US science and medical research in 2005 and $3.4 billion to the broader category of health research (still considerably less than a month in Iraq). Check out the Nature material for all the stats on philanthropic research funding (who gives how much for what purpose) and commentaries on the pros and cons of working out agreements with giga-donors who bring their personal requests and expectations to the granting process.

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