Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

RO1 funding rate

I would like to suggest the following changes in RO1 funding: (1) Reduce the amount but maintain the duration of each RO1 award to make academic research labs SMALLER but BETTER - This will force PIs pay closer attention to experimental design, to improve the efficiency and accuracy. It may entice more PIs to do more experiments themselves, the best way to reduce errors, maintain consistency and keep in touch with the realities. (2) Require that PIs devote at least 30% of time & effort to each RO1 award - exceptions should be allowed but only after NHLBI review and approval.

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Idea No. 498