Category Archives: NIH

All NIH Restructuring Proposals Need to Explicitly State Who Gets Culled

My first reaction to this Cell article by Ronald Germain which offers a supposed solution to some of science’s funding problems was, “I love it when the Very Serious Scientists reinvent ideas the riff-raff discarded as unworkable years ago. Genius, … Continue reading

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Some Doubts About the Proposed NIH Doubling

Former Republican congressman Newt Gingrich recently proposed a doubling of the NIH budget. To provide some context, from ~1994 – 2003, the NIH budget was doubled. Then the music stopped, funding plateaued, and even declined in real dollars, leading to … Continue reading

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The Scientific Cost of Reflexive Ass-Covering

Or to use the term of art, proactive crisis management (rinses vomit out of mouth; boldface mine): If they [NIH researchers] want to leave, though, to meet with scientists around the world at scientific and medical conferences, they spend their … Continue reading

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All of Open Access Publishing’s Gall Can Be Divided Into Three Parts

There has been a recent spate of discussion about open access publishing, much of which seems to ignore a key element, money. For publishing in general, there are three models*: 1) authors pay the costs of publishing, open access or … Continue reading

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Yes, Budget Cuts Hurt Development of an Ebola Vaccine

There has been some talk by scientists (of all people) that NIH Director Francis Collins’ statement that “if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this … Continue reading

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Maybe This Explains Part of the Reproducibility Problem?

There are a lot of reasons why reproducibility–the ability to replicate results*–is a problem. Some of it has to do with the Decline Effect (and inadequate funding that causes the Decline Effect). There are also basic power of test issues–not … Continue reading

Posted in Cancer, NIH, Statistics

Why Biologists Can’t Have Nice Things

NIH recently announced that all non-competitive grant renewals will be cut by ten percent (an example for the laity: if you are awarded a five-year grant per year, the grant is renewed every year–subject to NIH approval–for the life of … Continue reading

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