Not So Successful

NIH grant success rates have dropped to an "all-time low" in 2011, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. An early estimate from the NIH Office of Extramural Research puts the success rate at 17.4 percent for the 2011 fiscal year, which ended September 30, Kaiser says. Sally Rockey, the head of the OER, confirmed the number, but tells Kaiser that it might go up a bit after her staff finishes analyzing all the data.

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