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Washington Fax reported in early September that the percentage of total NIH-awarded grants to investigators older than 55 years of age has increased significantly in the past 20 years—from 9.7% in 1980 to 20.4% in 2001. Meanwhile, the percentage of NIH-funded younger investigators—those 35 years of age and younger—decreased from 22.6 to 3.8% in the same period. The change likely reflects a number of variables, such as transforming demographic trends, local institutional regulations limiting grant application submissions to tenured faculty, and increased funding of larger, more complex projects. …
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