But of course, it’s ALWAYS been like this, kid…

Two silverbacks join the trainee / early career whiners in a Science editorial:

Established researchers at rich institutions may survive, but many in the rising generation of young investigators and in small research programs will drown. Institutions will further trim hard-money contributions to faculty salaries and find it even harder to pay for and populate research facilities they recently expanded. Competition for faculty positions, grants, and published papers will grow ever fiercer. And the postdoctoral holding tank will brim over, as myriad well-trained young scientists vainly seek research jobs.

And, finally, someone lays some blame a the feet of the bloating, corporate administrative culture that has taken over at our academic institutions:

Research institutions must discard their present corporate business model, which is based on the assumption that federal funds to support research programs will increase every year. Those institutions must invest more in direct salary support for faculty scientists and less in bricks and mortar. NIH should require institutions to pay a larger share of principal investigators’ salaries (in increments, spread over time), and indirect cost rules that currently encourage universities to build labs rather than nourish their own faculty must be changed. Even more broadly, faculty, administrators, research institutions, and NIH must work together to tackle knotty problems of resource distribution, as we describe in the supplement.


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