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April 19, 2000

NIH Research Grants: Funding and Re-funding

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(15):1963. doi:10.1001/jama.283.15.1957

To the Editor: National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants play an important role in the careers of the research faculty in medical schools. Given the importance of NIH funding in an academic career, we sought to determine several aspects of NIH funding that have, to the best of our knowledge, not been examined in detail. These are (1) the median length of time of NIH funding during the academic life of an individual, (2) the predictive value, for long-term funding, of receiving NIH funding at any given time, and (3) the effect of length of the unfunded period on the likelihood that an investigator will be subsequently funded.