My *favorite* new factoid from the NIH … the oldest “new investigator” to date received his first R01 last year at age … 82. You go, guy!
On the other hand, a nobel laureate was triaged.
At the other end of the scale, confirmation at how extremely competitive the kangaroo (K99/R00) awards are and will remain. They are essentially reserved for the absolute best & brightest of the postdocs, those who clearly & overwhelmingly demonstrate their ability to quickly & successfully achieve independent grant funding.
Also learned that historical data show about 60% of K award recipients go on to receive additional NIH funding … though generally not until the 8th year from the start of their K award (ie, after K support ends). Here is the graph showing K Awardee Outcome from Dr. Khachaturian’s presentation.
Lots of good intel on the multiple PI option, including the fact that the contact PI cannot take the grant with him/her if he/she changes institutions. This is critical knowledge in an era of aggressively recruiting funded investigators … any grant award with multiple PIs ain’t walking. The PI’s share might follow him/her if scientifically appropriate, but not the award. The multiple PI option is also the reason for the cessation of NIH ranking tables – though apparently the NIH has been looking for an excuse to discontinue these for years. Wonder how many Universities will claim to be 5th in NIH funding next year …