grants

Weekly reads: hydra heads, iblastoids, new 8-year grants

Grant writers handbook, grants cartoon

What if you could get 8-year grants to do whatever biomedical research you wanted? This sounds like a dream for many of us in the life sciences, but the first news item this week is all about such a potential new funding approach. The item especially caught my eye as I’m going to be doing …

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NIH continuous submission for frequent ad hoc reviewers is quietly dropped

NIH continuous submission, NIH grant review

Something called NIH continuous submission for frequent grant reviewers is now a thing of the past. This is kind of a big deal. It’s got to be a challenge for the NIH to get enough qualified reviewers to serve on study sections as grant reviewers. The recruitment of reviewers just probably got even harder with …

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Stem cell cha-ching! CIRM has economic impact in billions, 56K+ jobs

CIRM-impact

We here in California have been fortunate to have our own stem cell and regenerative medicine agency called CIRM, standing for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. How much has CIRM helped the California economy and has it had broader economic impacts outside of California? How will that impact its future? CIRM has been around …

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Got that grant hamster wheel feeling?

EscherMobius

If you work in academia and on grants, hen you might have been getting that grant Möbius strip, hamster wheel, Groundhog Day kind of feeling… The funding rate for the key so-called “R01” NIH laboratory biomedical grant has never been lower. In the long run, R01s are crucial to the everyday running of most biomedical …

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