June 1, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

meritocracy

4 min read

Yesterday I had part I of my interview with NIGMS former Director, Dr. Jeremy Berg. Today we have part II of the interview, which I found very interesting and helpful in providing a glimpse into NIH. I appreciate Dr. Berg doing the interview and his frankness. Given the budgetary issues facing NIH in terms of funding from the federal budget, where do you see funding levels in the coming year? In the next 5 years?  Answer: The next year is particularly hard to predict.  …Read More

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Obtaining research funding is a critical part of science, but the process seems to be getting more challenging each year. Funding rates are decreasing. Applicant frustration is increasing and many grant applicants tell me they feel confused about the differences between funded and unfunded proposals. The largest funder of biomedical research in the U.S. is the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is divided into different institutes based on focus of research (e.g. cancer, neuro, cardio, etc). One NIH institute is a bit broader …Read More