"LSRF awards fellowships across the spectrum of the life sciences: biochemistry; cell,
developmental, molecular, plant, structural, organismic population and evolutionary
biology; endocrinology; immunology; microbiology; neurobiology; physiology;
virology.... Three-year fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to graduates of
medical and graduate schools in the biological sciences holding M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M. or
D.D.S. degrees. Awards will be based solely on the quality of the individual applicant's
previous accomplishments, and on the merit of the proposal for postdoctoral research."
The levels of most postdoc salaries at US biomedical research institutions are set by the National Institutes of Health. But private philanthropies, which consistently claim such stipends are insufficient, have worked to boost these wages by sponsoring studies on salaries and by offering their own grants with higher levels of support.
The Problem: The NIH’s budget doubled over the past few years, and the NSF is currently
working on a budget doubling of its own. Despite this vast influx of new federal funding,
approval rates for grant proposals at the NIH have plummeted, and similar things are
happening at NSF. The Challenge: If you were in charge, tell us what would you do differently.
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