Universities across the U-S are settling into the fall semester. Here in Michigan, a large amount of their research focuses on biomedicine and life sciences. The bulk of federal funding for these pursuits comes from the NIH, the National Institutes of Health. But the NIH has had its budget squeezed in recent years, and times are tough for scientists facing intense competition for dwindling dollars.
We wanted to take a closer look at how well the money stream is flowing into Michigan. Current State talks with two experts. Jeff Mason is the executive director of the University Research Corridor. It’s a partnership between Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Dr. Stephen Lanier is the vice-president of research at Wayne State University.