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NIH to Redirect $1 Billion to Help Younger Scientists

June 9, 2017, 7:13 PM

More than $1 billion of NIH research dollars will be redistributed over the next five years to help early and mid-career researchers and stabilize an aging scientific workforce.

The redistribution of funds through the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative goes into effect immediately and will apply to early- and mid-career scientists with “highly meritorious grant applications,” said Lawrence A. Tabak, principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health.

The NIH also decided to pull back on a controversial proposal called the Grant Support Index to cap the number of research project grants that go to a single investigator, Tabak ...