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Anticipating Arpa-H

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The Biden administration’s plans for a radical research agency devoted to health are taking shape

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health got the green light and $1 billion from Congress in the FY22 spending bill finalised last week. This was much less than the $6.5bn that president Joe Biden originally requested, but it is still a significant chunk of change. So, as plans for the latest high-profile R&D funding agency kick into gear, what do we know about how the agency will work?

Arpa-H is being modelled on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa—the wildly successful R&D arm of the Department of Defense that has helped bring us such blockbuster technologies as the internet, GPS and terrifying robo-dogs designed to haul military gear.

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