February 1, 2011
We live in interesting times, those of us in NIH-funded science careers, do we not? I’m sure there has always been change that looked dramatic but still. There is a lot on our plates.
- Historic low paylines, verging down below 10%ile in a sustained way
- Endless churning of revised grant applications
- A fight between local Universities, desperate to support themselves on Federal funds, and the NIH, hapless to respond to the unilateral abandonment of the old “shared cost” collaborative arrangement.
- The closing of three multi-decade Institutes/Centers of the NIH to make way for two new ones
- A halving of the length of the research grant application
- A sudden realization on the part of the NIH that postdoctoral wheelspinning prior to independent positions simply must be shortened
There are other factors, many of them with far reaching implications.
The one on my list for today is the individual postdoctoral fellowship, the NIH’s NRSA / F32 award.