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NIH to cap grants for well-funded investigators

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Science  12 May 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6338, pp. 574
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6338.574

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced plans last week to impose a new grant scoring system that would cap how much support an investigator can receive from the agency. The goal is to free up money for early- and midcareer scientists and those struggling to keep labs afloat. Many scientists are in an uproar about the policy shift, which they say goes against the idea of rewarding the most successful scientists. But supporters say the reform is long overdue. There's little evidence that larger labs produce proportionately more scientific progress, they argue, and plenty that NIH's current funding system is hurting younger scientists and smaller labs.