The Demise of Science? Physicists and chemists in the UK protest against dismal funding by delivering a coffin to London’s Downing Street.
• Researchers fear a “Stalinist collectivisation of science” and are protesting against short sighted decisions to stop funding PhD studentships on research grants, limiting fellowships to specific subjects, banning resubmission of most rejected grant proposals and a cooling-off period for “repeatedly unsuccessful” grant applicants. New funding schemes allow allocation of grants by administrators rather than by peer review.
• These are very similar to recent decisions at the NIH relating to grant mechanisms in the US. Success rates for investigator-initiated grants in my field of biomedical research hover around a dismal 10%. This is simply not sustainable for much longer; many labs are going permanently “out of business”.
H/T to my wonderful grad student Brandie Cross for the link.