… the NIH Early Independence Award, which, at least in its initial FOA, provides $250K DC per year for 5 years to grad students so they can skip the postdoc period and immediately become independent faculty researchers. An interesting report on how to structure this program presents some alternative models and considers existing successful programs (e.g., Carnegie, Whitehead, Janelia Farm, RWJF, etc.). According to the RFI Notice, you have until March 18 to chime in. I wonder if we can comment on the rather unusual image the NIH Director has selected to represent this program.
… and the planned transfer of NCRR programs to NIGMS by Jeremy Berg at the Feedback Loop. Congress still has time to recognize this might not be the best use of taxpayer dollars, but in the absence of a sudden burst of clear thinking, the reorganization will move forward, and Director Berg would genuinely appreciate feedback from the key constituency (namely, the extramural research community the NCRR serves … served). Reflections on the whole process and what this might portend for the NIH more broadly would likely be welcome as well.