Editorial GuideFunding

Challenging Times

Science Signaling  30 Jun 2009:
Vol. 2, Issue 77, pp. eg8
DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.277eg8

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The deluge of NIH “challenge grants” massively overloaded the grant-writing skills of individual scientists and the support skills of the grants administrators. These grants now promise to strain the pool of likely reviewers. As bench scientists and grant reviewers, our primary responsibility should be to ensure that a much-needed short-term increase in NIH funding does not threaten the long-term viability of biomedical research.

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