AHRQ announces grant limits

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 6, 2004

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Effective Oct. 1, the government agency overseeing research in health care quality improvement and patient safety will no longer accept research grant applications that request more than $300,000 in a single year.

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality also announced that it will limit large conference grant applications to $100,000 due to "limitations on available grant funds."

"This is the result of a flat budget for the last couple years," said Jon Lawniczak, director of government relations for the Coalition for Health Services Research, which coordinates the Friends of AHRQ coalition -- a group that includes the AMA and 129 other organizations. "Congress keeps asking for more from the agency without increasing the budget, so they have to cut back in other areas."

The Bush administration 2005 budget calls for freezing the agency's funding at its 2004 level of just under $303.7 million. The Friends of AHRQ had lobbied for that amount to be increased to $443 million.

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