A couple of little secrets I learned recently:
1. A couple of days ago I was chatting with a senior colleague of mine about R01s that senior investigators have held for a long, long time. Like 20 something years. And he says to me- DrdrA…..you know that those grants are bigger than the 250K annual direct limit, don’t you? Say WHAT??? Ah, no esteemed colleague- I had NO BLOODY IDEA that some investigators get more than the allowable 250K in annual direct costs. Thanks for letting me in on that one. And for all you junior people- I’m letting you in now too…for whatever this is worth.
I would love to know how this works, how it is decided who will get MORE than the 250K limit.
2. NIH Extramural Awards by State and Foreign Site. This little gem of a site was posted by Physioprof over on a new post over at Drugmonkey (read the whole thing here). Lets you see the dollar amounts of each grant awarded in a given year- the amounts shown are direct costs plus indirect. Very interesting reading and I had no idea that this information was publicly available. Think of all the pie charts I could construct with that data using my favorite organism as the subject, or how much $$ junior faculty in my field are getting relative to senior faculty, or women versus men… I can think of 20,000 permutations.
But now, I have to work on a manuscript… I’ll save this fun for some late night blogging.