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Spawned predoctoral grants in which taxpayers help fund researchers’ obtaining Ph.D.'s by experimenting on animals, thus breeding the next generation of animal experimenters


Predoctoral Grants for Obtaining Taxpayer-Assisted Ph.D.'s

Did you know that NIH helps "underrepresented" researchers obtain their Ph.D.'s by funding predoctoral grants that involve experiments on animals? As families worry about how to pay for college tuition, NIH helps animal experimenters obtain their Ph.D.'s with grants that would pay for two or three years of tuition at top-tier universities.

In Fiscal Year 2011 alone, the NIH funded over 1,200 such predoctoral grants. Of those 1,232 predoctoral grants, 574 – 47 percent – involved experiments on rats, mice or nonhuman primates.

IDA's Top 10 List includes one of these experiments and mentions another.

These grants also help to breed the next generation of animal experimenters, who in turn can mentor and influence young people – from high school students attending career day in a Minnesota school district to college students taught by a newly-minted Ph.D. who is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology and wants to expand her prenatal drug exposure experiments on rodents that had been funded by one of these NIH predoctoral grants.


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