Shake it Up

The tightening US science-funding budget offers an opportunity to alter how grants are awarded by the National Institutes of Health, writes Frederick Grinnell, a cell biologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Nature. The process, he says, could be "made stronger, more resilient, and more diverse."

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