NIH is nearing the end of a linkurl:review; of the peer review facet of their granting process, and this Friday (Dec. 7) NIH director Elias Zerhouni will linkurl:meet; with his Advisory Committee to the Director to discuss, among other things, the NIH grant peer review process. This afternoon (Dec. 4), Zerhouni took the discussion to the internet in a live chat session with researchers across the nation, hosted on the __The Chronicle of Higher Education__'s linkurl:website.; The first question Zerhouni tackled was from James O'Rourke of the University of Connecticut Health Center, who asked: "Why cannot more grants for smaller amounts be awarded for innovative start-up projects, to keep alive ideas that need time to show promise?" Zerhouni responded, writing, "We are indeed making more linkurl:grants; for Innovative projects and to keep alive ideas that need time," citing the fact that about 470 scientists were funded by New Innovator Awards,...

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