Chronicle: NIH Offers Less Money, New Priorities, More Oversight

Reported today in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

Six months into his job as NIH director, Francis S. Collins is close to announcing new ethics rules for universities and their scientists, to ensure that medical research isn’t corrupted by corporate financing.

That may not be the only shake-up. In an interview last week with The Chronicle, Dr. Collins also said he wanted universities to steer more money to younger researchers, to avoid letting their researchers rely solely on federal grants, and to share their scientific findings more widely.

In addition, the NIH, the nation’s largest provider of money for academic research, is warning universities that federal support will almost certainly decline after last year’s infusion of money from the stimulus measure.

The article, “NIH Will Give Less and Demand More in 2010, New Leader Says,” by Paul Basken, is available on line to subscribers.


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