Contributed by Jessica Polka, Ph.D. Any biologist who’s been to a scientific conference knows that sharing our work before formal publication accelerates the pace of research. By giving talks or poster presentations, we can find new collaborators, receive constructive feedback and gain recognition that can help secure a future job. And the benefits are not […]
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Last week, the U.S. Senate Appropriations committee passed a bill that would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion for fiscal 2017.
The NIH should reconfigure R01 grants into two categories, which are funded from separate budget allocations. Each laboratory could only receive one R01A award, and larger laboratories would win additional funds through R01B awards. If 45% of NIH funds were dedicated to the R01A category, that would guarantee a diverse portfolio in which new investigators and smaller groups could compete more effectively.
Reforming the structure of graduate education will provide new solutions to the problems identified.