This week, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new approach to grant funding. This new approach will aim to optimize funds as well as more evenly distribute funding between early-career and mid-career investigators. "While we have made progress in reversing the decline in grant funding to early-career investigators through various programs and policies, the percentage of NIH awards that support this group remains flat" said Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, NIH. "Unfortunately, gains for early-career investigators have been offset by a decline in the percentage of NIH awards that support mid-career investigators. The only group for which the percentage of grant funding is increasing is late-career investigators."
The NIH will be accepting feedback and suggestions over the next few months as they prepare to implement this new “Grant Support Index”. You can read more about this new approach on the NIH website.