The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) was established in 1998 by the US Congress at the National Institute of Health to support research on complementary and alternative medicine. The NCCIH advocates for quality science, rigorous research and an open-minded enquiry into which practices work, which do not, and why. Its over-riding mission is to find reliable information about the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medical practices. The Center has a budget of about $100 million per year and gives grants for innovative research to test alternative and complementary therapies, for conducting controlled randomized clinical trials, for investigating placebo effects, and for investigating acupuncture. It also provides training opportunities for researchers and career development awards. This is by far the best-funded organization for pioneering research in unconventional areas.

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