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[Viewpoint] Cultivating and investing in clinical research in China

Biomedical research has taken off in China in recent years. From 2004 to 2011, medical research funding increased at an annual rate of 16·9%, from US$1·6 billion to 4·9 billion.1,2 The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), one of the major funding agencies that support academic research, alone awarded 1·1 billion RMB (US$0·18 billion) in medical research in 2009 and increased its funding to 4·4 billion RMB (US$0·71 billion) in 2013.3 Individual institutions such as universities and hospitals alike followed suit and established their own funds.