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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

How to Fix NIH and NSF

I recently commented on the funding crisis in Canada. Less than 20% of grants will be funded in the latest CIHR competition. Canadian scientists are trying to see what needs to be done to fix the problem.

There's a similar problem in the USA. At the 2007 Science Blogging Conference we received a flyer from Geoff Davis and Peter Fiske asking people to go to their blog and get involved in the discussion about how to fix NIH and NSF. Here's the site: [Zerhouni for a Day: A challenge].

So far the main suggestions under discussion are to limit the size of grants and to cut back on funding interdisciplinary centers. Both suggestions are worth serious consideration.

1 comment :

Unknown said...

Thanks for the link, Larry! I'm really intrigued that CIHR may be experiencing the same kind of famine-amidst-plenty that NIH and NSF in the US are. One more thing to look into.