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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s new high-stakes research office has a name, an official place within government, and a billion dollars in funding.

But ARPA-H still lacks a home. Now, with a bonanza of federal cash at stake — and lawmakers making clear they want the new agency’s headquarters located far from the Beltway — cities and states across the country find themselves in a bidding war.


The rumored candidates represent, in large part, the country’s leading research or biotechnology hubs, including Boston, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Maryland, and North Carolina. Easily the most advanced effort to win the new agency, however, has come from Texas, where dozens of universities, research institutions, and local business groups have teamed up in an effort to sell the Lone Star State as the obvious choice.

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