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The final report of the 2012 Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Faculty Workload Survey is now available via the FDP website. Tabulating results from over 13,000 faculty representing 111 distinct FDP member institutions, Schneider, et al., noted that on average, PIs estimated that they spend 42% of their research time meeting administrative requirements rather than conducting…

While neither the only nor the first to offer similar advice, the recent paper by Alberts, et al., in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws, is the most recent and one of the most significant calls for reform. The authors identify a crisis in the US biomedical research…

The STAR METRICS (Science and Technology for America’s Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science) project grew out of a collaboration between federal agencies and academic institutions – members of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) – in response to a mandate associated with the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA or…

The STAR METRICS (Science and Technology for America’s Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science) project grew out of a collaboration between federal agencies and academic institutions – members of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) – in response to a mandate associated with the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA or…

A Perspective on Women in Research Compliance As a consultant I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of Research Compliance (IRB and IACUC) offices across the country as well as working exclusively in one for several years and there has been a single unmistakable theme that’s ubiquitous in all of these interactions; the…

Evolution tells us that things change to adapt; things come and go based upon need. Life evolves over time to help it survive. Things that are not needed to survive might disappear altogether or in some cases just exist for no apparent reason. With each passing day I am convinced somewhere down the evolutionary road…