Maximizing the return on taxpayers' investments in fundamental biomedical research

Mol Biol Cell. 2015 May 1;26(9):1578-82. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E14-06-1163.


The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health has an annual budget of more than $2.3 billion. The institute uses these funds to support fundamental biomedical research and training at universities, medical schools, and other institutions across the country. My job as director of NIGMS is to work to maximize the scientific returns on the taxpayers' investments. I describe how we are optimizing our investment strategies and funding mechanisms, and how, in the process, we hope to create a more efficient and sustainable biomedical research enterprise.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / economics*
  • Biomedical Research / standards
  • Efficiency, Organizational*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Financial Management*
  • Humans
  • Investments
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.) / economics
  • United States
  • Workforce