Currently NIH has put out a request for information (RFI) to solicit input from the scientific community regarding “Optimizing Funding Policies and Other Strategies to Improve the Impact and Sustainability of Biomedical Research”(NOT-OD-15-084). The deadline to submit a response is May 17th 2015. More information can be found at Rock Talk blog post. Response need to be submitted at this website.
NIH intends to maximize the impact of taxpayer investment in biomedical research by A] maximizing the productivity and creativity of the research workforce it funds, B] ensure funding for a broad and diverse group of investigators studying a wide range of important questions.
A response (unabridged version) submitted to this RFI is opened here. With the hope and intention of stimulating the scientific community to submit a response of their own as well as criticize, debate and use as resource, the points in this response.