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New NIH Approach to Grant Funding Aimed at Optimizing Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars

Modified: May 3, 2017

On May 2, 2017, Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Principal Deputy Director of the NIH, led a conference call regarding a coming change in the NIH’s grants policies.

The NIH has been considering ways to address several problematic trends:

  1. increasing funding challenges for junior- and mid-career investigators, including a recent marked decline in the share of awards to mid-career scientists
  2. data that suggest faculty with multiple R01 grants are relatively less productive with each new grant beyond the first
  3. a limited number of investigators who receive a disproportionate amount of the NIH’s funding (i.e. 10% of investigators receive 40% of the total funding)

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