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NIH discusses curbing lab size to fund more midcareer scientists

NIH discusses curbing lab size to fund more midcareer scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New analysis finds that smaller labs get more bang for the buck.


A new analysis by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, reinforces previous studies showing that productivity may lag as labs get bigger. The results suggest that NIH could fund thousands more researchers without any drop-off in scientific output if it capped the total number of grants an investigator could receive, an NIH official says. (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 2016/12/15

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The quiet rise of the NIH’s hot new metric

The quiet rise of the NIH’s hot new metric | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Biomedical funders worldwide are adopting the US agency’s free Relative Citation Ratio to analyse grant outcomes. (...) Nature, by Gautam Naik, 09 November 2016

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To support female academics, data and accountability are needed

To support female academics, data and accountability are needed | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Institutions must implement integrated approaches to address the barriers that women face in biomedicine.


Only integrated, data-driven approaches and enforced accountability can address the many challenges that female academics face. That was one of the take-home messages of a Wednesday phone briefing from the grassroots Research Partnership on Women in Biomedical Careers, which grew out of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers. (...) - Science, by Rachel Bernstein, Aug. 5, 2016

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In effort to understand continuing racial disparities, NIH to test for bias in study sections

In effort to understand continuing racial disparities, NIH to test for bias in study sections | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New data confirming lower success rates for African-Americans prompt pilot studies.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, has decided to find out whether its fabled grantsmaking process discriminates against African-American scientists. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, June 9, 2016

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Summit proposes steps toward biomedical workforce sustainability

Summit proposes steps toward biomedical workforce sustainability | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Workforce experts met in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss plans and goals for the future.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The idea that “hypercompetition” and lack of opportunity for aspiring scientists have made the biomedical research enterprise “unsustainable” has gained increasing acceptance since the publication of an influential 2014 article. Last week, two of that article’s authors—former Science Editor-in-Chief Bruce Alberts and former Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman—joined 25 other prominent figures from academe, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), scholarly organizations, industry, and disease advocacy groups here to work on initiatives to help improve the situation. Attention focused on funding, postdocs, staff scientists, and training for nonacademic careers. (...) - Science, by Beryl Lieff Benderly, Feb. 11, 2016

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Updated: Budget agreement boosts U.S. science

Updated: Budget agreement boosts U.S. science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

NIH leads the pack as Congress hikes basic research at several agencies.

 

Congress today overwhelmingly passed the 2016 spending bill. The House of Representatives this morning voted 316 to 113, with a majority of Republicans and nearly all Democrats favoring the $1.1 trillion package for all federal agencies. The Senate concurred a few hours later with a vote of 65 to 33. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it into law later today. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Dec. 18, 2015

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Budget showdown leaves US science agencies in limbo

Budget showdown leaves US science agencies in limbo | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Lawmakers face looming deadline to reach a deal — or risk government shutdown.

When the US Congress returns from its late-summer recess in early September, lawmakers and President Barack Obama will have less than three weeks to reach a budget deal for 2016, and in doing so determine the funding of key science agencies. (...) - Nature, by Chris Cesare, 28 July 2015

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Congress pushes NIH to spur breakthroughs through prizes

Congress pushes NIH to spur breakthroughs through prizes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

House bill would apply popular approach to finding cures and improving health (...) - Science, by Kelly Servick, 16 July 2015

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[US] NIH extramural research chief steps down

[US] NIH extramural research chief steps down | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sally Rockey increased transparency, studied biomedical research workforce. 

Sally Rockey, the longtime research administrator who steers the National Institute of Health’s (NIH’s) Office of Extramural Research, is stepping down after 5 years to head a new agricultural research foundation. Rockey expanded transparency about NIH policies at a time of unprecedented budget pressures on biomedical researchers. (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 11 June 2015

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A one-grant limit: NIH institute puts squeeze on flush investigators

Those with generous no-strings funding will be limited to one grant.

In the latest example of budget stretching at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the agency’s basic science institute is imposing a strict one-grant limit on scientists who already have plentiful no-strings support. The move could free up at least $6 million, or 25 grants for other scientists. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 14 January 2015

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Fesquet didier's curator insight, February 5, 2015 4:41 PM

contre le cumul des mandats des politiques...mais aussi contre le cumul des gros  financements...simple bon sens de nos jours.

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NIH to probe racial disparity in grant awards

NIH to probe racial disparity in grant awards | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

US agency will assess whether grant reviewers are biased against minority applicants.

Richard Nakamura, director of the Center for Scientific Review at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), does not consider himself to be racially biased. Yet a test of his speed at associating certain words with faces of different races revealed a slight unconscious prejudice against minorities. If the director of the institute that oversees the NIH’s grant process harbours these inclinations, he wonders, are grant reviewers affected as well? (...) - by Sara Reardon, Nature, 19 August 2014

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NIH's translational center scores first drug acquisition by pharma

NIH's translational center scores first drug acquisition by pharma | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Agency says success of new molecule for sickle cell disease shows its drug development model is working.

For the first time, a drug being developed in part by a controversial new National Institutes of Health (NIH) center aimed at speeding drug development has been picked up by a major pharmaceutical company. Baxter International has acquired the biotech company developing Aes-103, a small molecule for treating sickle cell disease. (...) - By Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 9 July 2014


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Chinese agencies announce open-access policies

Chinese agencies announce open-access policies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers will now be required to make papers free to read within one year of publication.

China has officially joined the international push to make research papers free to read. On 15 May, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), one of the country’s major basic-science funding agencies, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which funds and conducts research at more than 100 institutions, announced that researchers they support should deposit their papers into online repositories and make them publicly accessible within 12 months of publication. (...) - by Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 19 May 2014

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[US] Senate sends massive biomedical innovation bill to Obama for signing

[US] Senate sends massive biomedical innovation bill to Obama for signing | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

21st Century Cures includes $4.8 billion for NIH.


By a 94-to-five vote, the Senate today approved the 21st Century Cures Act, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to sign the measure into law. The massive bill dedicates $4.8 billion over the next decade to research initiatives at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and makes an array of changes at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designed to speed the approval of new drugs and medical devices. It also creates a new federal advisory board aimed at cutting burdensome regulation on academic researchers. The House of Representatives on 30 November passed the bill on a 392-to-26 vote. (...) - Science, by David Malakoff, Dec 7 2016

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US science agencies face budget limbo

US science agencies face budget limbo | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Likelihood of stopgap spending measure grows.


Another year, another round of budget roulette for US science agencies. When Congress returns from its summer break on 6 September, it will have just three weeks to pass a new government funding bill before the 2017 budget year begins on 1 October. (....) - Nature, by Sara Reardon, 06 September 2016

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[US] House panel would give NIH a 4% raise to $33 billion

[US] House panel would give NIH a 4% raise to $33 billion | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Spending panel poised to approve slightly smaller increase than Senate panel has endorsed (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, Jul. 6, 2016

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[US] New funding matchmaker will cater to NIH rejects

[US] New funding matchmaker will cater to NIH rejects | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Online pilot program will connect unfunded grant applications with foundations.

Last year, U.S. researchers received about 42,500 pieces of bad news from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their grant proposal had been rejected; they wouldn’t be receiving a piece of the agency’s roughly $30 billion federal funding pie. For many, the next step is to cast around for slices of smaller pies—grants from nonprofit disease foundations or investments from private companies that might keep their projects alive. (...) - Science, by Kelly Servick, Mar 23, 2016

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Biomedicine wins big in US budget deal

Biomedicine wins big in US budget deal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Late spending bill gives the NIH and several other research agencies healthy increases.

 

Biomedical research advocates are revelling in holiday cheer as a budget bill passed by the House of Representatives on 18 December gives the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) its biggest funding increase since 2003. Several other science-related agencies also benefit substantially from the budget, which is expected to be passed by the Senate and be signed into law by President Barack Obama within a few days. (...) - Nature, by Sara Reardon, Chris Cesare, Heidi Ledford, 18 December 2015

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[US] NIH releases first agency-wide strategic plan in 2 decades

[US] NIH releases first agency-wide strategic plan in 2 decades | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Document formally ends support for 10% set-aside for AIDS research, promises to heed disease burden.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today released its first agency-wide strategic plan in more than 20 years. Although the document is largely a roundup of what the agency is already doing, it has some NIH advisers wondering whether the plan promises too much. (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, Dec. 16, 2015

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Society asks NIH to act now to lessen biomed scientist glut

Society asks NIH to act now to lessen biomed scientist glut | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

ASBMB identifies consensus recommendations in previous reports, plans meeting to craft steps forward.

 

The authors of a new report urging changes in training the U.S. biomedical workforce say they were motivated by a desire for “less talk, more action.” But their prescription for how the National Institutes of Health (NIH) should deal with a glut of young scientists demonstrates why the problem has been so hard to solve. (..;) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 20 July 2015

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[US] Senate panel approves $2 billion raise for NIH in 2016

[US] Senate panel approves $2 billion raise for NIH in 2016 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Increase would be largest agency has seen since doubling ended 12 years ago.

At last, biomedical researchers may be getting some relief. A Senate panel today approved a bill that would bestow a generous $2 billion increase on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2016, or what appears to be a 6% raise, to $32 billion. Although a House of Representatives panel last week approved a lower figure, it seems the agency may be on track to its first significant increase in more than a decade. (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 23 June 2015

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Patrick Lemaire's curator insight, August 5, 2015 5:13 AM

Augmentation de budget de 6% pour le NIH en 2016. 6% de croissance annuelle c'est aussi à peu près ce que @SciencesenMarch demande pour la recherche et les université en France.

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US: NIH proposal to create grant for aging scientists hits a nerve

US: NIH proposal to create grant for aging scientists hits a nerve | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scores of researchers give thumbs-down to award to help emeritus scientists wind down their labs.

 

A seemingly innocuous idea from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for nudging aging scientists to retire is being blasted in the blogosphere. NIH’s proposal—an “emeritus” award that senior scientists would use to pass their work on to younger colleagues and wind down their labs—is unnecessary and could take funding away from younger and midcareer scientists, many commenters argued. A few, however, see it as a reasonable idea. (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 6 February 2015

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[US] Fountain of youth: A congressman's plan to make NIH grantees younger

[US] Fountain of youth: A congressman's plan to make NIH grantees younger | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Representative Andy Harris (R–MD) wants to require agency to find ways to lower age of first grant.

 

A member of Congress has waded into the thorny issue of the graying of U.S. biomedical researchers with a radical solution: He wants to order the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to bring down the average age at which new investigators receive their first grant by 4 years within a decade. Not surprisingly, the idea is getting a rocky reception from biomedical research advocates. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 6 October 2014

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Finding the root: The NIH is right to investigate whether bias makes grant awards unfair

A prominent 2011 paper in Science found that white researchers receive grants from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) at nearly twice the rate that African American researchers do (D. K. Ginther et al. Science 333, 1015–1019; 2011). Although some of the disparity could be explained by differences in education, institution and publication record, the sheer magnitude of the result seemed to suggest that something more insidious was at play. (...) - Nature, 19 August 2014

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U.S. Senate bill would give NIH 2% raise in 2015

U.S. Senate bill would give NIH 2% raise in 2015 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Measure would restore sequester cuts, give agency $606 million increase.

A U.S. Senate spending panel today approved a draft bill that would raise the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) budget by $605.7 million, to $30.5 billion, in the 2015 fiscal year that begins 1 October. That modest 2% increase is good news for the agency; President Barack Obama’s budget proposal had requested a smaller $211 million increase. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 10 June 2014

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