In The Field

What to expect from the new NIH peer review

Since at least June, NIH peer review, the process by which the bulk of U.S. federal funding for biomedical research is meted out, has been under an intense review process by two groups working in parallel. The reason, funding increases haven’t kept pace with inflation and the biomedical research community is feeling the pinch. With slim funding prospects the approval rate for funding proposals has dropped from a historic 25% to somewhere around 10%. At ASCB Keith Yamamoto of UCSF, Mary Beckerle of the University of Utah, and Katherine Wilson of Johns Hopkins University talked about some of the radical ideas that have been floating around to totally revamp the process by which investigators compete for funding. 


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