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WASHINGTON — The Good Science Project is hoping to push the NIH and other government science agencies to be faster, bolder, and more efficient.

The new nonprofit, launched this week, highlights simmering concerns among researchers and science policy experts across the country that the U.S. isn’t getting its money’s worth when it comes to the billions of taxpayer dollars spent each year in pursuit of new knowledge.


Namely, said Stuart Buck, the new organization’s executive director, agencies like the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation often incentivize scientists to pursue incremental research instead of transformative new discoveries. Researchers, he argued, also spend far too much time on bureaucratic tasks and not enough time in the lab.

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