Friday, February 03, 2006

Bridge to Nowhere?

The NIH is starting a new program to "build a 'bridge to independence'" for post-docs hoping to find academic positions. Actually, to accelerate the process, but only for a very few individuals. This may also have the additional effect of causing those post-docs who do not receive the award to re-assess their career potential and goals (because the people with this award will have a HUGE advantage over them in the academic job market). So, I guess this is another way of separating the wheat from the chaff - something that must be done in the academic research world. [BTW, I currently consider myself chaff in this context. Not in any others, though.] So, it seems like this is a program that is win-win (when looked at from a larger perspective). However, I'm sure the post-docs who are forced out of academia will not see it this way (at first).

This will be great for a few researchers but the larger prospects still remain grim. With NIH funding being cut, tough times are ahead for everyone in academia at least until the next Congress...or President.


Blogger Obholz said...

You are in "good company" among the chaff (in this case only, of course). Nice blog....and excellent quote.


6:54 PM  
Blogger A said...

Are you actually complaining about a lack of NIH funding? Maybe now you will need to wash your own glassware.....Perhaps you could spare a few lab techs... How about the complete lack of funding for the NSF?

11:49 PM  

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