/Tag: funding

NIH Funding Rate

By |2019-02-06T19:38:31+00:00July 6th, 2015|

Dr. Sally Rockey published an interesting blog about the historical trends in NIH funding rates. The success rates are historically low but paradoxically, the number of people funded increases. This probably means the cost of managing government funds is going to the roof as more grants are written, reviewed, and administered. Dr. Rockey is NIH's Deputy Director [...]

Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws

By |2019-02-06T19:41:30+00:00June 6th, 2014|

Bruce Alberts, Marc W. Kirschner, Shirley Tilghman, and Harold Varmus  published a perspective on the current state of the US biomedical research enterprise in PNAS. The perspective is pretty bleak but their high-level and courageous position is very useful because it helps depersonalize the challenges we are all facing on a daily basis. Also acknowledging the problems is [...]

Fostering Transdisciplinary Science with Cyberinfrastructures

By |2019-04-04T17:18:25+00:00February 20th, 2014|

I want to tell you how cyber-infrastructures can enable large research research projects involving specialists from multiple disciplines and why it makes economic sense to develop such an infrastructure. The most exciting scientific research often involves multiple disciplines. You may have heard of multidisciplinary research, interdisciplinary research, or transdisciplinary research. They are like different levels of intimacy [...]

Chase the dream, not the money: the dirty little secrets of proposal writing

By |2019-04-04T17:18:25+00:00November 5th, 2013|

When I started writing proposal, I was “chasing the money” by submitting proposals haphazardly in responses to various calls I was aware of. There are two problems with this approach. I did not understand well how to work with the different funding agencies. And I was too reactive to have the data and credentials necessary [...]

Twice or half the money?

By |2019-04-04T17:18:26+00:00February 11th, 2013|

In the January 31st, 2013 issue of Nature, Skip Garner published a comment entitled "Research funding: Same work, twice the money?". In this article Garner and his collaborators report the results of a large scale analysis of grant applications submitted to the main US funding agencies. Their approach combines automatic text mining of the proposal abstracts [...]