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[Editorial] Biomedical research in the USA: at the dawn of a golden age?

On Dec 16, 2015, at the request of Congress, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the largest source of medical funding in the world—officially released the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2016–2020: Turning Discovery Into Health. The plan is framed around NIH’s mission of seeking and applying knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability in the context of future challenges and opportunities. It focuses on four essential, interdependent objectives: advancing opportunities in biomedical research in exploration of fundamental science, discovery of treatments and cures, and advancement of health promotion and disease prevention; fostering innovation by setting NIH priorities; enhancing scientific stewardship; and excelling as a federal science agency by managing results of scientific investments, outputs, training approaches and grant review process.