Dr. Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research at NIH, posted in her blog “Rock Talk” about the possibility of NIH limiting funds to already funded investigators. Decisions were to be made at September Council, so we should be getting some information about this program soon. From the original blog post:
“It’s been three months since I discussed how, during May Advisory Council meetings, NIH would pilot a new Special Council Review process for particularly well-funded applicants (NOTE that they have now dropped the amount to $1M in directs to trigger a council review). Since that time, we ran the pilot and carefully considered all the great feedback we received from Advisory Council members and staff. We are now ready to implement the final policy on Special Council Review.
“The new special review process will be in effect for the 2013 fiscal year, beginning with September 2012 Council meetings. The new policy will provide additional consideration of new and renewal applications from well-supported investigators who currently receive more than $1 million or more in direct costs. I want to remind you that this policy does not cap the total amount of funds an investigator may receive from NIH, but rather is a special review to complement existing NIH policies that require monitoring all investigators’ activities for overlapping support, and determining whether additional funds should be awarded to well-supported investigators.”
For the full blog post and all comments, click here: NIH Extramural Nexus.