Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

scientific community in crisis- plans for stabilization

From my discussions with scientists at other universities and my own experience the scientific community is now in crisis akin to the recent crises in the housing and finance sectors. If not stabilized the damage is likely to be severe and long-lasting. The NIH/NHLBI as the vehicle for investment of the public's money in this enterprise has a responsibility to take IMMEDIATE action. My suggestions include 1) limit salary support to 50% and REQUIRE that universities pay their faculty minimum 50% but incentivize more. 2) Drastically reduce indirects and require complete transparency from universities in how the public's money is spent. 3) Encourage funding of good research proposals from individual investigators in attempts to stabilize.

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