NIGMS Director Jeremy Berg continues to anticipate the sorts of questions NIH-funded investigators would like to have answered. In his latest Feedback Loop post, he analyzes data on publications from 2007-2010 linked to NIGMS funding and the impact factor of the journals involved according to annual direct costs.
So what do the data show? Among the 2,938 investigators who held at least one NIGMS R01 or P01 grant in Fiscal Year 2006:
Median number of grant-linked publications, 6 (2007-2010)
Median journal impact factor, 5.5
Median annual direct costs of funding received, $220K
Please note (at the original post) the ranges in each category, though, and that funding totals are by PI vs award. PI productivity peaks at about $700K per year in annual DC. Anyone surprised? Jeremy notes this supports the NIGMS threshold of $750K in defining (and limiting addtional funding to) “well-funded laboratories.”
Anyone have specific sorts of peer review/grant funding/research productivity data they would like to see analyzed?