I’m packing my bags for Scottsdale, Arizona…well, not exactly yet. Each year NIH puts on two Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration.
As you may know, the recent “Enhancing Peer Review” self-study process at NIH led to, among other things, the introduction of bulleted critiques and overall impact scores.
I am constantly in awe at the speed at which things move in this electronic age (example: Watson on “Jeopardy!” last night), so I was delighted to see that yesterdays NIH Notice about a modification to the biosketch has already hit the blogosphere.
I have read or heard much about the dilemma of NIH applicants as they struggle to understand their chances of receiving NIH funding. As budgets flatten and tighten, this discussion has heated up.
NIH has fellowship, training and career programs for the clinician scientist, and we have just added a new, exciting and unique opportunity for early stage clinician researchers.
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.
You may have heard that Dr. Collins has charged a new subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) with creating a model of the biomedical research workforce that will address future workforce needs, as well as help inform NIH in implementing policies to facilitate a vibrant and diverse future biomedical research workforce.
Since last week there has been quite a bit of news on the formation of the new National Center for Accelerating Translational Sciences (NCATS) here at NIH. You may have seen the New York Times article where the NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, described the intent of NCATS and the potential it has for accelerating the translation of basic discoveries into therapeutics.
Now that I am a blogger, I’ve been careful to keep my eyes out for other blogs that may be having discussions about NIH-related topics. There has been some recent blog traffic on how NIH should support research projects when there are disruptions in careers due to family obligations.
Welcome to my blog. I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant about starting it. Not that I’ve ever been accused of being the quiet, shy type! It was more being concerned about having enough material to write the types of commentaries and discussions that would generate a following and be most beneficial to you our partners, grantees, PIs and trainees.