Category Archives: Funding

Our Scientific Infrastructure Is Decaying

Let’s ignore for a moment that we just shut down a fusion power research center that recently set a scientific record. Because that’s just too depressing to think about. Instead, let’s move on to how we’re getting our butts kicked … Continue reading

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Is NIH Purchasing Risk-Free Science?

Drugmonkey, building on a comment left at his blog, claims the following (boldface mine): This comment from dsks absolutely nails it to the wall. The NIH is supposed to be taking on a major component of the risk in scientific … Continue reading

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Putting Defense Accounting Problems Into Scientific Context

What’s $62.4 billion among friends (boldface mine)? The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced…. The report affirms a 2013 … Continue reading

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Barriers To Data Sharing

I’ve made this point about the role of funders before, but Fiona Nelson is absolutely right (boldface mine): Genomics is a data science. The human genome is vast – 3 billion base pairs. To make any significant findings from the … Continue reading

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What Should Be The Long-Term Fate of Scientific Databases?

One of the problems that all scientific databases face is funding. From the funders’ perspective, they are being asked to make a commitment in perpetuity: with rare exceptions, there is always more work to be done. At the same time, … Continue reading

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Clinton’s Deficit Straitjacket

Recently, Clinton said the following about deficit spending (boldface mine): Trump also said we can just print more money to pay our debt down. Well, we know what happened to countries that tried that in the past like Germany in … Continue reading

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Yes, We Have A PhD Glut

At least in academia. Drugmonkey has a good discussion, but this is the basic problem: Drugmonkey: The blogpost then goes on to calculate a Cumulative Investigator Rate which is basically how many PIs get funded over a 5 year interval … Continue reading

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