Cash-Strapped NIH May Ask Universities to Limit Grant Applications

At a time of dwindling federal budgets, the National Institutes of Health is considering one sure-fire way to raise record-low grant-approval rates: Have researchers apply for fewer grants.

The NIH, the nation's largest provider of basic research money to universities, has seen its budget cut so much over the last decade that scientists now have only about a 15-percent chance of a successful grant application.

In response to such budget-related stresses, NIH officials are