There is a nice discussion over at DM’s place going on about stable career paths for career bench scientists. Within that discussion has been some mention of things that NIH might be able to do immediately to improve the situation. Rather than quote these ideas, I would like to point out that I am highly skeptical of NIH being able to implement new programs without Congressional Approval. I am by no means an expert on this topic and I am being intentionally nonspecific in the wording of the previous sentence. The purpose of this post is to relay a previous experience with some NIH program officers at one of these famous “air your grievances sessions” and to point out some of NIH’s ethics rules to those that may not be aware of them.
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