Category Archives: Funding

We’re Not Having A Serious Discussion About Grant Overheads

Something Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog wrote is very relevant to recent arguments about NIH (and by extension, other agencies’) grant overheads (boldface mine): Please note how the Times presents this debate — in effect, “White House, … Continue reading

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Overheads: Nobody Is Leaving Money On The Table

Last week, after a surprise attempt by the Trump Administration to take back $1.2 billion of committed funds from NIH, HHS Secretary Tom Price responded: Price repeatedly suggested reducing the amount the NIH pays universities to cover “overhead” costs, like … Continue reading

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More On Bogus NIH Budgets

Last week, we discussed Il Trumpe’s magic asterisk NIH budget, which supposedly will find a way to cut over $6 billion in spending through what is essentially pixie dust: What’s idiotic is that there’s no way ‘consolidations’ could possibly bring … Continue reading

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A Small Example Of The Scientific Infrastructure Crisis: The Karst Edition

Despite what is commonly depicted in books, television, and movies, the state of much of our scientific infrastructure is threadbare: One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science in TV and movies is the notion that there’s this … Continue reading

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Ethics And Publication

Recently, Drugmonkey noted the following: If the lab head tells the trainees or techs that a specific experimental outcome* must be generated by them, this is scientific misconduct. Which brings us to this NYT article (boldface mine): The bee findings … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Ethics, Funding

Will The War On Science Become Budgetary?

Let’s ignore that Il Trumpe’s budget director nominee is a fan of the rightwing extremist John Birch Society. You know, what? Let’s not (boldface mine): In the speech, Mulvaney blasted the Federal Reserve, saying its actions have “effectively devalued the … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, U.S. Suburbs Are Still Fiscally Unsustainable

I’ve made this point before, but the financial crisis soon to hit U.S. suburbia is another critical issue that wasn’t discussed at all during the presidential campaign, yet affects about half of all U.S. households (boldface mine): With infrastructure crumbling, … Continue reading

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