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Briefing Date:01/29/2004
Topic:NIH Extramural Center Programs: Criteria for Initiation and Evaluation

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Health Sciences Policy
Committee for Assessment of NIH Center of Excellence Programs

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Congressional Briefings
Thursday, January 29, 2004
284 Russell Senate Office Bldg. -- 9:30 a.m.
and
461 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 11:00 a.m.

on

NIH Extramural Center Programs: Criteria for Initiation and Evaluation

Requested by Congress in P.L. 107-84, NIH Extramural Center Programs: Criteria for Initiation and Evaluation examines the criteria and procedures used in deciding whether to establish specialized research centers, which currently consume about nine percent of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget. The report discusses the future role of centers in light of the growing trend of large-scale research in biomedicine. It offers recommendations for improving the classification and tracking of center programs, clarifying and improving the decision process and criteria for initiating center programs, resolving the occasional disagreements over the appropriateness of centers, and evaluating the performance of center programs more regularly and systematically.

This series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on February 2, 2004 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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