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NIH dismisses suggestion of applications cap

The National Institutes of Health is dispelling reports that it is considering asking institutions to limit grant applications as a way to control demand for its funding.

In a blog post on 14 November, the director of NIH’s Office of Extramural Research, Sally Rockey, acknowledged that the agency had considered the option of limiting grant applications back in October 2011 to help manage science in fiscally challenging times. However, she said the idea “was discarded at the outset and we are not pursuing it now”.

Her comments appeared to be directed at an article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education on 12 November, which reported that the NIH was considering placing limits on the number of grant applications that individual researchers may submit to the agency.

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