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.
Topic: Different Grant Mechanism
“…why aren’t grants awarded to the investigator with freedom to find competitive workspaces that they can lease at low cost~ so that they can spend research funds on staff and worthwhile experiments?”