NIH Pivots from Grant Support Index to Next Generation Researchers Initiative

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There have been concerns for years that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has limited resources for too many researchers applying for grant funding. This situation has created a competitive environment as applications go unfunded, which is particularly challenging for many new- and mid-career investigators to navigate. In passing the 21st Century Cures Act, Congress gave NIH an edict to promote policies that support early-career investigators. To that end, NIH announced a major policy change in May 2017 titled the Grant Support Index (GSI) that aimed to cap the number of research grants an investigator may hold.

GSI proposed measuring