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Focus on NIH: Money man


NIH grants chief Mike Lauer on the agency’s budget rollercoaster and future priorities

For a man in charge of tens of billions of dollars in research funding every year, Mike Lauer wears his seniority lightly. As deputy director for extramural research at the National Institutes of Health, Lauer oversees the grant-giving programmes for the United States’ preeminent health research funding agency.

Looking back over the past 25 years of NIH funding, he quips that one thing he’s grateful to his parents for is the year he was born. Coming into this world in the 1960s meant he was applying for NIH grants during a golden period.

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