Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Making R01 funding work for the Medical Sciences

We need to spread R01 funding around more to ensure that the best science has funding adequate to move forward. To do this I believe changing how we think about R01 funding and expenditures can be used to put the NIH funds to better use. Too often successful researchers have the majority of their salaries on R01s and the institutions have little skin in the game. PI salaries can be a large part of the escalating budget while relatively less is spent actually prosecuting the science. There is need to initiate changes in budget such as caps on PI salary (say 30% of a $150K cap), and limit the number of R01s per investigator to 2-3. This would allow more R01s to be funded overall.

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