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NIH Funding Rate

Dr. Sally Rockey published an interesting blog about the historical trends in NIH funding rates. The success rates are historically low but paradoxically, the number of people funded increases. This probably means the cost of managing government funds is going to...

Stochastic modeling of the cell cycle goes on…

A couple of weeks ago, we received the renewal of the NIH grant funding our collaboration with John Tyson to develop stochastic models of the regulatory network controlling the cell cycle in yeast. This is the third funding cycle of...

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NIH proposal gets amazing score

The proposal to renew the funding supporting our collaboration with John Tyson was examined by the NIH study section last week. We got a score of 18, which places in the top 2%. At NIH a good score is a...

Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws

Bruce Alberts, Marc W. Kirschner, Shirley Tilghman, and Harold Varmus  published a perspective on the current state of the US biomedical research enterprise in PNAS. The perspective is pretty bleak but their high-level and courageous position is very useful because it helps depersonalize...

Fostering Transdisciplinary Science with Cyberinfrastructures

I want to tell you how cyber-infrastructures can enable large research research projects involving specialists from multiple disciplines and why it makes economic sense to develop such an infrastructure. The most exciting scientific research often involves multiple disciplines. You may have...

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Chase the dream, not the money: the dirty little secrets of proposal writing

When I started writing proposal, I was “chasing the money” by submitting proposals haphazardly in responses to various calls I was aware of. There are two problems with this approach. I did not understand well how to work with the...

Twice or half the money?

In the January 31st, 2013 issue of Nature, Skip Garner published a comment entitled “Research funding: Same work, twice the money?“. In this article Garner and his collaborators report the results of a large scale analysis of grant applications submitted to...