I’d like to pass along some good news on the where-am-I-going-to-get-my-grant-funded-in-today’s-economy front. The National Health Council just announced the availability of a database that will help link unfunded NIH applications with potential non-governmental funding sources.
We all know that you have more good ideas than NIH is able to fund. That makes this a very good time for the National Health Council to roll out HealthResearchFunding.org. This database will serve as a kind of clearinghouse for unfunded research proposals.
The way this works is that PIs can choose to put basic information about their scored but unfunded NIH grant applications directly into the National Health Council’s HealthResearchFunding.org database. Potential funders will then be able to search the database to find projects they might be interested in funding.
This approach seems very efficient. Not only does it take advantage of the NIH peer review process, but if it works the way it is intended, it should reduce the amount of time and effort investigators and institutions put into looking for alternative funding sources. Time that can be better spent on research.
I am pleased that my staff had the opportunity to provide input into this effort, and I am looking forward to watching this idea roll out and evolve.