AAI Committee on Public Affairs: Hot Topics in NIH Funding and Research Policy
Clifford V. Harding, Case Western Reserve University; AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair
Gail A. Bishop, University of Iowa
Richard K. Nakamura, Director, Center for Scientific Review, NIH
Richard J. Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging, NIH
Change at NIH continues to happen at a rapid pace, driven by the president, Congress, NIH, and the scientific community. This session will explore several recent changes, including new funding mechanisms offered by several NIH institutes which fund investigators rather than specific projects; changes—and proposed changes—to the peer review system, including a pilot program to expand the pre-application process; and efforts to enhance the reproducibility (through improved rigor and transparency) of research. Speakers will discuss the mechanisms and policies that have already been implemented and provide insight into what may come next. Ample time will be provided for questions and answers.