Funding Emerging Scientists to Fuel Future Discoveries
Walking into a lab at night, you’ll find fluorescent lights illuminating rows of beakers, microscopes, scales and post-doctoral students hunched over their work. They’re performing experiments and analyzing data for established, tenured researchers, and training for an opportunity to start their own labs.
The hope is that their long hours will pay off in the next few years in the form of their own labs abuzz with fresh ideas and technologies. But, before they can become established university faculty and run their own labs, they must vie for dwindling funding and research positions. Unfortunately, public funding for biomedical research has remained stagnant since the early 2000s, making the pool of money smaller and smaller as more scientists enter the field and draw from it.
For a young researcher, applying for funding can be especially daunting as they typically don’t have a large quantity of their own published research to make them stand out. It often takes investigators years to produce enough research that will attract the large-scale grants necessary to transform ideas into a child’s treatment plan. In fact, 42 is the median age for a first-time recipient of an R01 grant, the most common and sought after form of National Institutes of Health funding. (The NIH provides over $30 billion annually in biomedical research funding.)
Yet, emerging scientists bring fresh ideas and technologies to solve biomedical research challenges. That’s why the Soar Leadership Council is focused on raising awareness and funding for young researchers who will deliver cancer treatments and cures for generations to come.
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