A Gold Star

In The Scientist, Jeff Akst writes that NIH reviewers who have participated in funding rounds since the shorter applications and new guidelines were put into place are generally happy with the changes. "I think it's an improvement over the old system, but I think there is a learning curve and until everyone recalibrates there may be a period of confusion," says Karin Rodland at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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