What This Funder is Doing to Save a Lost Generation (of Neuroscientists)

For the thousands of biomedical researchers whose livelihoods depend on the fortunes of the National Institutes of Health, 2015 ended on a positive note: Washington boosted the NIH budget by $2 billion, or 6 percent, for the coming year. Unfortunately, the increase barely begins to reverse the decade-long financial squeeze that the NIH had been under. The restriction had already taken a significant toll on a generation of biomedical scientists, pushing the average age that scientists win their first major NIH funding to an ancient 42. Without those big NIH grants, scientific progress is stymied, as are scientific careers, leading many biomedical researchers to leave the field in search of faster tracks and better pay. One area hit particularly hard by the NIH austerity is neuroscience, which includes the study…


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