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Where we’ve been: Attending the fall NIH advisory committee to the director meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the fall NIH advisory committee to the director meeting

  The National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director met last week to provide updates on the NIH’s activities to increase diversity, efforts to ensure scientific rigor, implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, efforts to support the next generation of researchers, and efforts to optimize administration at the agency. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provided written comments to the committee prior to the commencement of the ACD convening. The ASBMB urged the NIH to…

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“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 3 ?>

“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 3

  The ASBMB has released its third episode of its science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics.” This episode begins with a summary of hearings held to update Congress on the progress of the 21st Century Cures Act. In his testimony to the U.S. House and Senate, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins emphasized his agency’s commitment to support the next generation of researchers. The ASBMB has responded to the NIH’s blueprint, the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, and its now-scuttled plan, the Grants Support Index….

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NIH shelves GSI policy and introduces something new ?>

NIH shelves GSI policy and introduces something new

  This week, Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, declared that the biomedical research funding agency no longer plans to implement the controversial Grant Support Index.  Instead, Collins and Lawrence Tabak, principal deputy director of the NIH, announced that the agency will launch the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative to support early and mid-career investigators. The GSI, which was proposed in early May, drew a firestorm of feedback, both positive and negative, from the scientific community.  The…

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Where have we been: Attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting ?>

Where have we been: Attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting

  The second quarterly NIGMS council meeting of 2017 was held May 25-26 with an open session on the 26th.  The council meeting was led by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and covered upcoming NIH program/policy changes and events. Highlights from the meeting are below. Lorsch presented an overview of the proposed Grant Support Index, which was announced May 2.  This new policy will effectively cap the number of awards an investigator can be involved in by imposing a scoring system…

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ASBMB responds to proposed Grant Support Index ?>

ASBMB responds to proposed Grant Support Index

  Earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health announced the proposed Grant Support Index.  The proposal seeks to help distribute research dollars in a more equitable manner by imposing limits on the number of NIH awards with which an investigator can be involved.  In response, the ASBMB sent a letter to leadership at the NIH voicing concerns and providing recommendations. Specifically, concerns addressed in the letter include: Using “points” as a proxy for grant dollars will create unintended inequities….

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