Rock Talk ceases talking as of today, but someone else will be talking, so please keep your bookmarks active and stay tuned for continued dialogue with NIH. I want to thank all of you for a conversation worth having and for making the last portion of my federal career spectacular. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to know and interact with many of you, which was hands down the highlight of my travels around town and across the country to learn first-hand the issues facing the biomedical research community at large. Read more about It’s Just the Beginning . . .
When I started Rock Talk, one of my goals was to lift the curtain on NIH decision-making and to demystify NIH policies and processes. One topic that I have talked endlessly about throughout my tenure is indirect costs (IDCs). Indirect costs generate almost more discussion than any other topic and there are many misunderstandings about them. Comments and questions reflect a range of perspectives, such as: “Indirect costs are rising all the time and eating up funds that could go for research.” and “Why can’t NIH reduce the rate of indirect costs?”. Read more about All About Indirect Costs
Today, I’d like to blog about some interesting discussions and dispel some myths related to NIH-supported core facilities. Core facilities are important research resources, providing access to advanced instrumentation and technologies operated by experts. Cores provide opportunities to be hubs of innovation at an institution, connecting scientists with the tools and expertise that can take their research projects to the next level. Read more about Core Facts About Core Facilities
The NIH defines a Senior/Key Person as an individual who contributes to the “scientific development or execution of a project in a substantive, measurable way, whether or not they request salaries or compensation.” While this seems like a clear definition, there are gray areas in who meets these criteria, and when to use the Other Significant Contributor or Consultant designations. Read more about SRA Catalyst's Gray Matters - "Senior/Key Person"