Larry Tabak and Alan Guttmacher have posted a grid laying out the proposed re-distribution of NCRR programs (thanks to Jeremy Berg for alerting us to this under the SMRB post).
They call it a straw model, which dredges up memories of mucking out barn stalls. Maybe that’s just me.
Unfortunately, it is a static PDF, so you cannot click on programs to learn more about what they entail and whether the re-assignment seems appropriate.
Also, there is a puzzlingly named column head (and this column has the most programs listed) with no additional explanation: Interim Infrastructure Unit.
Perhaps this IIU is how Collins will avoid having one too many ICs on the org chart for FY12.
Speaking of which, not surprisingly, they have had to archive the 1105 comments on NCATS received in the first month. Keep those cards and letters coming, too. I like the “a-fresh-start-2” part of this new NCATS Comments page address … oh, if only it were so easy.
Of course, the real question is, if this is so important and the NIH wants everyone’s input on NCATS and the fate of NCRR, why haven’t any RFI notices been issued in the Guide?
Update: Jeremy Berg posted on the NIGMS Feedback Loop notice of conference calls with various NCRR stakeholder constituencies. Of course, they only announced these calls, which are scheduled for Jan 19-21, on Jan 18. Plenty of notice.