January 28, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources


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I’m doing an experiment today to see if people enjoy a mid-week splash of a few Wednesday recommended science reads and the first one collides with art. You can see Sunday’s recommended weekly reads here too. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page if you have a moment and please like our page if you like what you see. An Artist Who Reanimates Extinct Species This is extremely cool work by artist Marguerite Humeau. It in turn reminds me of de-extinction (at least virtual …Read More

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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 labs in America. (Update: I highly recommend you check out this grantsmanship website for useful, practical information.) It might take 10-15 tries to get one grant if one assumes all …Read More

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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 grant 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 …Read More