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December 8, 2010


Reader Questions

New Funding Opportunities

New Investigator Policy Levels the Playing Field

In 2010, NIH’s new investigator policy evened up success rates of applications from new and experienced R01 investigators. 

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins was pleased with the results, and NIH will continue its policy next fiscal year.

As of October 15, 2010, 2,003 NIH R01s went to new investigators, almost half of whom were early-stage investigators.

More than 30 percent of scientists receiving R01s were new — i.e., had never successfully competed as a principal investigator on a major NIH grant. (Investigators who are appointed as PI for an existing grant still qualify as new.)

We have not seen comparable rates of new investigator funding — which exceeded NIH’s target range — since 1987.

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Comment on Alberts’ Editorial on Overbuilding Research Capacity

We’re giving you space to discuss the September 10, 2010, editorial by Dr. Bruce Alberts, editor-in-chief of Science, titled Overbuilding Research Capacity.  In it, he states:

“A reliance on the NIH to pay not only the salaries of scientists but also the overhead (or indirect) costs of building construction and maintenance has become a way of life at many U.S. research institutions, with potential painful consequences.”

There’s a lot more to it, so read the full article.

While we’re not taking a position, we’d like to hear your thoughts.


News Flash!News Flash: More Interim NIAID Paylines

Check out new interim NIAID Paylines for fellowships and career awards (by overall impact score):

  • NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowships—24
  • NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research—26
  • Career Development Awards (except the NIH Pathway to Independence Award)—23

We will post an interim payline for training grants as soon as we have that information.

As happens every fiscal year, we are using interim paylines to fund very high-quality applications before we establish our true paylines. To get Email Alerts for final paylines, choose that category at Email Alerts Subscription Center.

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NIAID Funding Newsletter Will Be Back In January

NIAID Funding Newsletter is taking a break, and we plan to publish our next issue on January 5, 2011.

On that date, we'll go back to our normal schedule—every other Wednesday. In the meantime, we'll still publish posts for our NIAID Funding Blog. Happy holidays!

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Congress Extends Temporary Funding, Still No NIAID Budget

With it's latest continuing resolution, Congress voted to keep the federal government running through December 18, 2010.

When we last talked about our FY 2011 budget, we told you we didn’t have one.

Nothing new to report on that front, but with its latest continuing resolution, Congress voted to keep the federal government running through December 18, 2010.

For NIAID, the only difference is the date. Our Financial Management Plan hasn't changed and we're operating under the same constraints we told you about in the October 13, 2010, NIAID Funding Newsletter article "Stopgap Funding Gets FY 2011 Underway."

We will keep you posted on budget and funding developments.

Reader Questions

Feel free to send us a question at After responding to you, we may include your question in the newsletter, incorporate it into the NIAID Research Funding site, or both.

"What should I do if I think a researcher is supposed to share his or her reagents, model organisms, or data, but isn’t?” – an anonymous reader

In general, NIH policy requires that results and accomplishments be shared as a term of award—see Section 8.2 of the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

However, sharing is not required for every award or every resource. If a grant has a data sharing or model organism sharing plan, the PI should follow the NIH-approved sharing plan. That plan may or may not require sharing, or may only require sharing in certain ways, for example, providing the reagent or resource to a repository.

Be sure to check our repositories for the resources you seek at NIAID Resources for Researchers. These repositories are public, though most have requirements you’ll have to meet before you can request materials.

You can also read What can I do if I believe an investigator is refusing my request for strains or other resources? on NIH's Frequently Asked Questions.

Funding Opportunity Links

See these and older announcements at NIAID Funding Opportunities List.

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Last Updated October 28, 2011

Last Reviewed December 08, 2010