Category Archives: 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

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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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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

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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

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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

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Some Good Funding News About Drug-Resistant Bacteria

If the proposed Congressional deal goes through, funding to study antimicrobial resistance will increase from $471 million to $774 million. Unfortunately, AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), which studies hospital and medical interventions, will be cut from $364 million … Continue reading

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Who Gets Screwed By Funding Changes: RFAs and Anti-Conservatism

Last week, I detailed my problems with a report that provided a whole mess of inane recommendations on how to make science funding better. DrugMonkey makes a good point about how RFAs, requests for admissions, which call for proposals to … Continue reading

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