Category Archives: NIH

The Best Case Scenario For HHS?

For those who are not wise to the ways of Washington acronyms, DHHS (often referred to as HHS) stands for the Department of Human and Health Services. Two organizations that belong to HHS are the CDC and the NIH, so … Continue reading

Posted in CDC, Conservatives, NIH

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

Posted in Funding, NIH

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

Posted in Data Stuff, Funding, NIH

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

Posted in Funding, NIH

The War On Science: The NFL Edition

Whenever you read about assaults on the scientific process, it’s safe to say you should always follow the money (boldface mine): The league’s conduct with the NIH was strikingly similar: a deficient and false process, with an attempt to strong-arm … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, NIH, Public Health, Sportsball!

NIH Makes A Good Move For Post-Docs

But there’s still more that’s needed. A while ago, I predicted that, were the Obama administration to raise the overtime salary ceiling to around $50,000 (if you work more than forty hours per week and earn under this amount, you … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, NIH

Grants: Load, Deadlines, And Gamesmanship

The NSF conducted a very interesting experiment which halved the number of grant proposals (boldface mine): Annual or semiannual grant deadlines lead to enormous spikes in submissions, which in turn cause headaches for the program managers who have to organize … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, NIH, NSF