NIH Plans One Grant for All Sizes

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Science  07 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5340, pp. 1006
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5340.1006

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Young investigators are currently faced with a dilemma when requesting funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH): whether to apply for a standard R01 and compete with established investigators for a maximum award of $500,000 a year, or to apply for an R29, which is custom-designed for new applicants but pays at most $70,000 a year. NIH is currently considering resolving this dilemma by simply eliminating the R29, an experiment that it considers to be a failure.