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One of the points about science funding I’ve tried to make over the years (we have been blogging a long time, haven’t we?) is that the overheads and indirect costs associated with federal grants drive a lot of university decisions–there’s a lot of money there. But this funding also has significant macroeconomic effects, especially in…

This is why all the concern about the fake crisis of the U.S. budget deficit is so harmful–it has real effects on people’s lives, including scientists: Both Republican and Democratic proposals would cut more than US$1 trillion in spending over a decade, amounting to a budget reduction of at least $100 billion per year. Nature…

The Wall Street Journal reports an estimate of the economic impact of the Human Genome Project (italics mine): Of the $3.8 billion federal funding for the human-genome project, $2.8 billion originated at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the rest at the Department of Energy. That $3.8 billion, along with subsequent capital provided by…

By way of DrugMonkey, we come across NIH’s new working group that “will examine the future of the biomedical research workforce in the United States.” It’s headed by Princeton’s Shirley Tilghman, who in a recent interview, said: At the root of the problem is the fact that we are overproducing Ph.D.s. As a consequence, there…

I’ve written before about the problem of the Ph.D. glut, so I was pleasantly surprised (shocked, actually) to read several articles in a recent edition of Nature hitting the same themes. For those who don’t think there’s a Ph.D. glut, here are some data for you: Post-doc numbers shouldn’t be increasing, unless there’s a glut.…

Comrade Physioprof raises a point I’ve always wondered about: …this old saw has been brandished: Innovation is, and always was, higher in smaller/younger labs[.] There is never any fucken evidence marshalled in support of this claim. I’ll admit that smaller labs can be quick and nimble, especially in comparison to large research centers. On the…

As long as NIH doesn’t end the R2D2 funding mechanism, we’ll be fine. The C3PO mechanism was always a joke, however. I’m hoping the concept that even a stopped clock is right twice a day is operative here: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) denounced on Thursday a Republican proposal to cut National Institutes of…

NIH Budget Cuts Looming

If you care about science, then contact your representatives and ask them to oppose the Republican NIH funding cut proposals. As JuniorProf notes, most of the leads in terms of therapeutics are happening in the public sector, not the private sector. While you’re at it, how about mentioning the CDC too? Thank you.

There’s been a lot of craziness regarding NIH funding that I haven’t been properly able to slam (had a talk to prepare), but now I can. A recent rant left by D. Noonan about the problems with the NIH grant awarding system has led to a spate of responses in the science bloggysphere. I really…

DrugMonkey asks “Is the NIH trying to get rid of smaller laboratories?” Before I get to my take on the answer, what I’ll be talking about is based on private conversations, so I won’t be attributing some things to specific people (sorry Ed!). Take this for what it’s worth… I don’t think NIH is specifically…