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NIH scraps plans for a cap on grant numbers

The National Institutes of Health has dropped a plan that would have increased support for early and mid-career researchers by capping the number of grants that any one researcher can hold.

The plan was to calculate caps based on a tool called the Grant Support Index. The NIH received some support for the plan when it was first announced in May, but it quickly gathered criticism from researchers and the agency’s own advisers, who worried that it would discourage collaboration, complex trials and training.

On 8 June NIH director Francis Collins (above) announced that the GSI was off the table, and instead launched the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, which he called a “bold, more focused approach to bolster support to early and mid-career investigators”.

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