September issue available for your perusal.
Right off the bat, a question sure to generate some commentary: “Will we have enough new investigators to carry out the health-related research of the future?”
Dr. Bravo does go on to discuss the increase in graduate students and postdocs as well as the decline in academic positions available to these trained scientists – FASEB data previously noted here & in Nature. She goes on to say that the NIH is “looking at key personnel involved in the research supported by NIH grants in FY 2006” as part of a means to examine the biomedical workforce needs & distribution of effort (she estimates that PIs account for about one-sixth of those persons supported via NIH extramural awards). An RFI on this issue is in the works, no doubt.
Other pieces include a chat with Dr. OPASI, policy updates on rDNA use and GWAS data sharing, and the bad news that PureEdge will be with us until March 2008. As usual, many additional useful tidbits as well.
Of note is a new Excel spreadsheet summarizing FY06 & FY07 award data for individual RFAs and PAs. Caveat emptor: this is a 19 MB file that I have been unable to open, no doubt due to the squirrel getting tired in my ancient home-based PC. Update: In case you’re not following the squirrelly comments below, the file can be opened (either downloaded first or direct from link) but with a long delay, so be patient.