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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH Abandons Plans to Limit Individual Research Funding, Creates Special Fund

Washington, DC, June 23, 2017 — After much criticism, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it will abandon the Grant Support Index (GSI) plan – a strategy to bolster NIH funding support for the next generation of researchers by placing limits on individual research funding which SSTI previously covered.

Instead, NIH will launch the Next Generation Researchers Initiative (NGRI) that will allocate $1.1 billion over the next five years to support nearly 2,400 new grants for early and mid-career researchers whose grant proposals receive high scores, but fall short of receiving funds. Continue reading

Trump Names Dr. Norman Sharpless to Serve as Director of National Cancer Institute

Dr. Norman “Ned” Sharpless

Washington, DC, June 19, 2017Science reports that President Donald Trump on June 9 announced his intention to appoint Norman “Ned” Sharpless, M.D., to be the next director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Sharpless would succeed Harold Varmus as the head of NCI.

Sharpless, 50, is a physician and currently director of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  He also holds an academic appointment at the university’s school of medicine. Continue reading

NIAID Scientists Discover Rare Genetic Susceptibility to Common Cold

Washington, DC, June 16, 2017 — Scientists have identified a rare genetic mutation that results in a markedly increased susceptibility to infection by human rhinoviruses (HRVs) — the main causes of the common cold.

Colds contribute to more than 18 billion upper respiratory infections worldwide each year, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study.

Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, identified the mutation in a young child with a history of severe HRV infections. Continue reading

National Institutes of Health Redirecting Grants to Boost Young Scientists’ Careers, Research

Bethesda, MD, June 12, 2017 — Thomas M. Burton reports in The Wall Street Journal that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said it would begin redirecting up to about $1.1 billion in research-grant money a year to early- and midcareer scientists to help boost their careers and preserve U.S. science.

The agency said it would begin the redistribution immediately with about $210 million annually, but that the amount would steadily increase over five years to about $1.1 billion a year. Continue reading

Trump to Keep Dr. Francis Collins as Director of National Institutes of Health

Dr. Francis Collins

Washington, DC, June 7, 2017The Washington Post reports that the White House yesterday announced that Francis S. Collins will stay on as Director of the National Institutes of Health, extending Collins’s tenure even as the Trump administration proposes deep cuts to the government’s premier biomedical research center.

Dr. Collins, a physician and geneticist, has led NIH since 2009.

Collins is renowned for his leadership of the International Human Genome Project, which in 2003 sequenced the complete human genetic blueprint for the first time. Continue reading

Trump Proposed 2018 Budget Makes Heavy Cuts to Science Research

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, June 5, 2017 — Ali Breland reports on The Hill that President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget unveiled Tuesday proposes massive cuts for the National Science Foundation.

The plan would cut $776 million, an 11 percent reduction, from the foundation, which gives grants for non-medical research in science and engineering.

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, defended the proposal, accusing the foundation of wasteful spending. Continue reading

NIH Considers Limits on Individual Research Funding; Impacts Examined

Westerville, OH, June 4, 2017 Robert Ksiazkiewicz reports on State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), in part one of two, SSTI will examine NIH’s proposed changes that will place limits on individual researcher funding.

On May 2, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it intends to implement a new approach to grant funding with the purpose of increasing the number of researchers receiving grants.

These proposed changes are due to a highly skewed distribution of NIH funding with 10 percent of NIH-funded investigators receiving over 40 percent of funding.  NIH intends to roll out specific policies and procedures as part of the new approach – titled the Grant Support Index (GSI) – that will assess effectiveness of NIH research investments. Continue reading

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts to Medical Research and Health Care

Washington, DC, May 24, 2017 — Alison Kodjak and Rob Stein report on NPR that President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget unveiled Tuesday doubles down on major cuts to biomedical research, programs to fight infectious disease outbreaks, health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The 2018 budget, which is entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” restates the goals of the “skinny budget” the administration released in March, which was widely condemned by scientists and public health advocates. Continue reading

Congress Boosts Research Funding in Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Precision Medicine, BRAIN Initiative and ‘Superbugs’

Washington, DC, May 2, 2017 — Ariana Eunjung Cha reports in The Washington Post that Congress unveiled a bipartisan budget late Sunday that contains a number of welcome surprises for researchers who had been panicking since March, when President Trump proposed deep funding cuts for science and health.

Under the deal, the National Institutes of Health will get a $2 billion boost in fiscal year 2017, as it did the previous year.

Trump had proposed cutting the NIH budget by about one-fifth, or $6 billion, in a draft 2018 budget.

Here are some of the big research winners: Continue reading

Medical Research, Science Funding Spared Under Budget Deal — But More Battles Ahead

Washington, DC, May 2, 2017 —Joel Achenbach, Ben Guarino, Sarah Kaplan and Darryl Fears report in The Washington Post that the lights will stay on in the federal government, and also in the countless laboratories and universities that depend on federal funding for scientific and medical research.

That’s one upshot of the bipartisan budget deal congressional negotiators reached late Sunday.

The bill, clocking in at more than 1,600 pages, is likely to pass both houses of Congress and be signed into law by President Trump this week.  It covers funding through September. Continue reading