Politics, Budgets, and NIH Funding for New Investigators

This post gets into the weeds discussing funding for biomedical research in the US. I want to discuss historical funding trends, changes in NIH policy, the┬árelationship between politics and funding research, and ask whether “peer review” is truly unbiased.

New R01s for Established (blue) and New (yellow) Investigators (top) over time. Fitted linear lines with 95% confident intervals are also plotted. Proportion of new R01 applications that are awarded to New Investigators (blue, bottom). Noted on the timeline are Government Shutdowns (green dashed), NIH New Investigator Policy changes (solid), NIH budget doubling period (magenta dashed), and the Budget Control Act (Sequestration).

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