The National Institutes of Health had a little birthday party of sorts to mark the 10th anniversary of the NIH Common Fund, which Director Francis Collins says is having an impact. Funded with 1 percent of the budget from each of NIH's 27 institutes and centers, the Common Fund was created to support multidisciplinary research projects that might be of value to all of these ICs, but which do not fit easily into any one of their portfolios.

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