Tag: funding

Large scale, open neuroscience is a work-in-progress

The International Brain Lab (IBL) project has an outstanding team of PIs, covering both theory and experiments. The measurements themselves are interesting, and can lead to important insights. However, what is most distinctive is the organization of the project. The experimental labs will all train mice to perform the same task, and each lab will



DARPA: read 10^6 neurons, write 10^5 neurons

DARPA wants a dream neural interface. They can wait 4 years, but they want a complete plan now (abstracts due Feb 25, full proposals April 14). This is a direct quote from the announcement for the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program. Successful NESD proposals must culminate in the delivery of complete, functional, implantable neural



Multi-institute grant search

Federal RePORTER is a grant search engine that covers NIH, NSF, USDA, EPA, etc. The most recent year available is 2013, so you still have to go to the individual institutes’ sites. But handy nonetheless.



Trying to get that amazing project funded

Unlimited resubmissions at the NIH.



Mouser’s open hardware site

Mouser has a new open hardware site that makes it easy to compare different platforms by specifications.



C-SPAN discussion of the NIH

C-SPAN had a in depth, on air discussion on the role of the NIH, the impact of budget cuts, and the future of the NIH. Guests included: Dr. Francis Collins, Director, NIH Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, NIAID Dr. Eric Green, Director, NHGRI Dr. Harold Varmus, NCI Dr. Tom Insel, Director, NIMH It’s all viewable online.



The NIH is being defunded

Welcome to 13 years ago. Current NIH funding is at about the same level it was in 2000. The doubling has been undone, and we’re now at a level that is far below the modest growth trend that existed for three decades, from the 60s until the 90s. Article by Michael White in the Pacific



US Government Shutdown, NIH, NSF

The US Government is in shutdown right now. What does that mean for researchers funded by the NIH and NSF? This notice explains what to expect with respect to the NIH. If that link is down, here’s a PDF link. Do you have a grant deadline coming up? For the duration of the funding lapse,



Declining science funding in the US

Here’s a PDF link to the report.



Markram’s Millions

Henry Markram got his wish. He was just awarded 500,000,000 Euros to build a computer model of the brain. In NIH terms, that’s over 100 R01s for 10 years (including indirects). Will Markram’s program generate as much scientific insight as 10 years worth of 100 R01s would? Spoiler alert:



R&D budgets in perspective

A sense of scale can be valuable. Here are the 2012 Research & Development budgets of several tech companies and pharmaceutical companies compared to approximate annual disbursements from the Wellcome Trust and the HHMI. I’ve also included the annual budgets of the NIH, NSF, and DOD as well. All numbers are for 2012, or as



Sequestration = 41% cut in new and competing NIH funding

It’s hard to find any objective analysis that says that the US government can keep paying its bills without some combination of tax increases and cuts to entitlement programs. It’s also hard to find any objective analysis that would predict that politicians would get reelected for doing such things. With that in mind, congress inacted



Indirect rates and biomedical research

You probably already know that many grants have, in addition to the direct component that goes to the lab, an indirect component that goes to the institution. US institutions negotiate with the NIH to set a percentage for all awards. For example, here are Harvard’s (relatively high) indirect rates. These indirect funds are used by



Predatory open science funding

There are some open access journals that seem to have relativley loose editorial standards. And by “editorial” I mean “ethical”, and by “relatively loose”, I mean “no”. These publishers have been called “predatory” open access publishers. The idea is simple: solicit submissions via spam email, accept submissions, and then charge publication fees that more than



Armchair quarterback the NIH budget

Think you could do a better job allocating the NIH budget? This is your chance to not just armchair quarterback the budget management, but offer some constructive input. Sally Rockey is actively soliciting your comments and it’s not too late to chime in. First, try the nifty web app they built where you can adjust