It's not just the lack of funds for research that is holding young scientists back, blogs DrugMonkey. True, NIH's flat funding doesn't help their cause, but he says there are also cultural biases against young researchers. His blog post includes figures that show the graying of the academic research force -- the average age of a PhD receiving their first NIH award has gone from mid-30s to early 40s. To resolve this bias, DrugMonkey suggests that study sections should try to fund investigators whose age represents that of the applicant pool.
We'll Fund You When You're Older
Mar 13, 2008