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New Search Engine Lifts Veil on NIH Grants

The clunky grants database long used by the National Institutes of Health is on its way out. Last week, the agency unveiled a beta version of RePORTER, a snazzy new database that will replace its well-known CRISP in September. CRISP was balky and didn't contain dollar amounts, which could be found only by digging into another part of NIH's Web site. But RePORTER seems to be loaded with useful information, from dollar amounts to the study section that reviewed the grant and links to patents and papers. RePORTER is winning plaudits but also raising concerns that it will make it easier for NIH critics to find studies to bash.