Agency Updates and Funding Trends

NIH seeks to make the most of limited funding with new approach
“There are reasons to believe that supporting more researchers working on a diversity of biomedical problems, rather than concentrating resources in a smaller number of labs, might maximize the number of important discoveries that can emerge from the science we support and thus, returns on the taxpayers’ investments.”

Congressional Spending
“Congress has finally reached a deal on spending bills for the 2017 fiscal year, which ends on 30 September. Overall, the deal staves off major cuts for federal science agencies that President Donald Trump had requested last month. A few, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NASA science programs, actually receive substantial increases.”

Diversity in NSF Funding
“NSF receives an average of 59 nominees a year—from a high of 86 last year to a low of 42 and 43 in 2005 and 2006. Roughly one-quarter of the pool is deemed worthy of closer scrutiny. And women make up 26% of those finalists, called top performers.”

Open Mike: Biomedical Funding
“NIH realizes that, as stewards of the American investment in biomedical sciences, we must do all we can to protect the future of the biomedical research enterprise, taking additional measures regardless of our budget situation…”

POSTED: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 12:56pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 1:23pm