Unless we fix and increase the R01 funding rate, which most basic scientists depend upon, we will continue to lose outstanding scientists of all ages and not have the next generation of scientists or the numbers of currently outstanding scientists to answer any of these compelling questions and critical challenges. Related to this, much has been written about the significant failure rate of clinical trials in part due... more »
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... more »
Recruitment of investigators who had or currently have R01 and equivalent grant awards from minority institutes to R01 study sections will diminish this under-representative situation.
Does NIH intend to develop a new milestone-based grant system and introduce accountability with regards to reaching solid metrics and useful, quantifiable research goals and milestones? Does NIH intend to introduce a truly non-conflicted and independent grant review system, similar to the review system and accountability of the FDA, to increase research efficiency? Should the public be informed annually how effective... more »