The US National Institutes of Health announced the recipients of the 2011 Director's Pioneer, New Innovator, and Transformative Research Project Awards. These awards support high risk, high reward research, the agency says. According to NIH's James Anderson, these grants also serve to "reinvigorate the biomedical work force by providing unique opportunities to conduct research that is neither incremental nor conventional," he says in a statement.

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