Link: "Good" Hard vs. "Bad" Hard

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When working in research, issues are bound to arise. That’s just the nature of the job and why there are often several trials—and many errors. However, some issues can be more detrimental than others and may be indicative of larger problems with the project, the research team, or the institution. In Clio Andris and Lily […]

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Link of the Week: NIH Paylines & Resources

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With grant submission season around the corner, here’s a page you’ll want to keep in your bookmarks.  It’s a frequently updated and invaluable resource on NIH IC paylines and “cleared concepts” approved for future development into PAs and RFAs. The medical editor behind this blog frequently writes about grantsmanship, goings-on at the NIH, and other […]

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It's All About Teamwork: William Wester

Rebecca Helton, MA

If you talk to Bill Wester about his work, the first thing you hear will be how much he values the teams on his two major grants.  Due to the hard work and dedication of the faculty, program managers, Bioinformatics team members, web developers, and work/study students he collaborates with, “the sky’s the limit in […]

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Sock Drawer as Professional Metaphor

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“During this year’s winter break, however, I discovered a book that I hope will change my life. Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is a beautiful exploration about our attachment to things and one of the first I’ve read to explicitly examine our relationship to books […]

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Rock Talk: New Funding Opportunities with a Focus on Workforce Diversity

Rebecca Helton, MA

The biomedical research enterprise relies on engaging talented researchers from all groups, including individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. As I described earlier here on the blog, NIH has planned the launch of several programs to increase workforce diversity. I’m excited to let you know that on December 19 we issued the funding […]

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Science's Creativity Crisis: Learning to Innovate

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“Are you as innovative as you want to be? Although eight of 10 respondents in a poll of thousands of workers from the United States, Europe, and Japan in 2012 said creativity was critical to unlocking global economic potential, only one in four felt they were fulfilling their own creative potential. Almost half complained that […]

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News: NIH to Balance Sex in Cell and Animal Studies

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In 1993, the NIH Revitalization Act required the inclusion of women in NIH-funded clinical research. Today, just over half of NIH-funded clinical-research participants are women. We know much more about the role of sex and gender in medicine, such as that low-dose aspirin has different preventive effects in women and men, and that drugs such […]

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Rock Talk: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Rebecca Helton, MA

“This certainly has been a tough year for the research community supported by NIH. We started off the year on a continuing resolution with the threat of sequester looming. In March sequestration began, and we had to update our fiscal plan to accommodate reduced spending by making fewer competing awards, and in most instances issuing […]

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Rock Talk: Application Success Rates Decline in 2013

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Now we have the numbers to show this. In FY2013 we made 8,310 competing RPG awards, 722 fewer than in FY2012. This puts the overall research project grant (RPG) success rate at 16.8%, a decline from the 17.6% reported in FY2012. One might have expected a bigger drop in the success rates since we made […]

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I'm Dying a Slow Academic Death and Travel is the Likely Killer

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

I have been to 2 countries, 8 cities, 3 giant meetings, and given 17 talks in 4 months. And, no, I’m not looking for a job. I have two more cities in the next week and, at the end of this long run, I’m wondering if it’s “worth it.” I have always had a much […]

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