ScienceInsider looks at the 2011 NIH budget to determine whether Francis Collins is favoring big science over single-investigator grants. Collins is emphasizing his five themes — high-throughput technologies, translational science, health care reform, global health, and reinvigorating biomedical research — and those areas have received large increases in the budget proposal. However, in 2011 NIH will fund 199 fewer research project grants will be funded. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology's Howard Garrison says that change isn't due to policy, but a two percent increase in grant size. "Overall, the number of RPGs is rising, and the amount of money for them—$17.1 billion in 2011—is going up 3.2%, in step with NIH's overall budget," ScienceInsider says.
Money, Mouths, and All That
Feb 09, 2010