The NIH has wrapped up its year-long effort to reform the way it reviews grant applications, releasing today (June 6) a report that focuses on changes such as shortening and redesigning applications, making it easier for good reviewers to serve, and encouraging innovative and "transformative" projects. For instance, the agency plans to create a new investigator-initiated Transformative R01 Award program worth at least $250 million, and invest at least $750 million in innovative awards, such as the Pioneer, EUREKA, and New Innovator Awards, for a total of $1 billion over five years. Additional highlights of the changes include: -Increasing flexibility for reviewers, and compensating them for their time and effort -Focusing applications on impact, including five review criteria, and changing the rating system for applications -Establish a minimum of early stage investigators and those new to the NIH to support, encourage the Transformative Research Pathway During the last year, the...
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