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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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