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(Not So) Happy to Take Questions?

Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship is asking her readers to comment on the fate of National Center for Research Resources-affiliated programs in light of its Task Force's release of "a straw model showing the proposed new NIH homes for current NCRR programs," as Larry Tabak calls it at NIH's Feedback site. This proposed model is "designed to be poked at; we expect it to be critically evaluated by all of our stakeholders, including NCRR and other NIH staff, members of the extramural community, and the public," Tabak says, adding that parsing the public's comments "is a vital step to ensure that we realign these programs appropriately." To her dismay, however, Writedit says this so-called straw model "is a static PDF, so you cannot click on programs to learn more about what they entail and whether the re-assignment seems appropriate." The larger issue at hand, she suggests, is that "if this is so important and the NIH wants everyone's input on NCATS [National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences] and the fate of NCRR, why haven’t any RFI [request for information] notices been issued in the Guide [for Grants and Contracts]?"