Dear Friends of NIA:
As you are aware, there is interest and concern in the field and within NIA regarding our depressed payline and success rates. Recently, we outlined steps being taken to address the situation (http://www.nia.nih.gov/GrantsAndTraining/Hodes2010-10-25.htm) and were contacted by the journal about our efforts. I thought you would be interested in seeing the article that appeared online today, at http://www.nature.com/news/2010/101109/full/468148a.html, and that will be included in the print version of the journal later this week.
We will keep you apprised as we move forward with already-instigated and new approaches regarding opportunities in investigator generated research. Please do not hesitate to contact us in the coming weeks and months with any questions, concerns or thoughts.
Richard J. Hodes, M.D.
Director, National Institute on Aging