NIH Considers a 'People, Not Projects' Approach to Awarding Grants

NIH Considers a 'People, Not Projects' Approach to Awarding Grants 1

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Francis Collins, director of the NIH, says he wants to encourage top researchers to "spread their wings."

The cash-strapped National Institutes of Health is considering potentially major changes in its grant-awards system, including greater reliance on a system that evaluates researchers rather than their proposals.

Addressing his advisory committee this month, the agency's director, Francis S. Collins, said that a decade of experience with the NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program has proved the success of such an approach, and that it's time to consider expanding it.

Dr. Collins