We appreciate the many thoughtful comments posted to the blog about working together to improve NIH funding support for early- and mid-career investigators to stabilize the biomedical workforce and research enterprise using a measure called the Grant Support Index (GSI). Some clear themes have emerged, including:
- Possible unintentional adverse consequences
- Possible deleterious effects on collaborative research
- If/how institutional training grants should factor into the GSI
- Other ways to support a larger number of scientists
- Other approaches to measure PI effort
- Discussion of the GSI values (point scale)
- Having us look internally at NIH’s intramural program
Based on community feedback from the blog, council meetings, and other discussions with stakeholders, we have made changes to the planned policy to include additional measures beyond GSI to strengthen NIH funding support for early-and mid-career investigators. We will also provide greater flexibility in the use of GSI as a measure for guiding NIH funding decisions, and will make other changes to be sure that this approach does not discourage collaboration and training. These updates will be presented at the June meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director. We encourage you to tune in via NIH videocast to the presentation on Thursday, June 8.
To provide us with additional feedback, please post comments to this blog or send an email to PublicInput@od.nih.gov.