Fred Upton

Funding young scientists

Funding young scientists

This month, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels sounded an alarm about the difficulty young science researchers have in obtaining the grant funding that they need to launch their careers. In an article in Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, he noted that the age at which biomedical researchers are getting their first major grants from the National Institutes of Health has steadily advanced during the last few decades, rising from 38 in 1980 to 45 in 2013. Today, twice as many researchers over age 65 are getting these grants than those age 36 or younger, the reverse of the situation 15 years ago.

That means thousands of talented scientists are...