Please comment: NIH RFI on "Optimizing Funding Policies..."

May 07 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

NIH released an RFI on April 2 on Optimizing Funding Policies and Other Strategies to Improve the Impact and Sustainability of Biomedical Research. Responses are Due by May 17th (10 more days).

Please take the time to go and provide input. My recent post on the potential emeritus award RFI should make it very clear that your input is necessary if you don't want the response to be dominated by those with quite different perspectives from yours.

Here is the link for the RFI and the comment areas are listed below to get your thinking started.


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Now's your chance. There is really no excuse for not contributing your thoughts.

7 responses so far

  • drugmonkey says:

    It only takes 15 min or so to complete folks

  • Neuro-conservative says:

    The questions are so open-ended that I keep closing the RFI, thinking "eh - I'll think this through later"

    • datahound says:

      Unfortunately, these questions have to be open-ended. Otherwise, this would be a "survey" and would require OMB approval if it went to more than 9 people (due the Paperwork Reduction Act). This makes these efforts really challenging.

      NIH is proposed to be exempted from this in the reauthorization bill now being drafted by the House.

  • DJMH says:

    I put in for re-focusing on the R01, as well as (in the "more radical" realm of Question 3), changing to NSF-style funding so that total costs, not direct costs, were budgeted, as a means of keeping pressure on institutions to keep overheads low. I'm looking at you, Harvard (69% IDC, because heaven knows a $30 B endowment doesn't just grow itself!)

  • Philapodia says:

    Done.

  • L Kiswa says:

    done

  • E-Rook says:

    done.

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