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I am a biology PhD. student in the United States. I would like to know a little bit more on how to navigate the politics and processes that guide grant funding. In addition to this I am looking for good resources to keep up with news that might impact or change these policies. I guess in short, what are some reputable sites, blogs, news sources, literature or books to help with this?

By tracking policy I meant any good resources that track any legislature or incentives that are being passed that might impact the amount of money going into grant funding. I am also just genuinely interested in the grant funding process or any insightful resources on how to best navigate the whole process.

  • What kind of funding policies? What country are you in? What field? – ff524 Dec 31 '15 at 2:48
  • I am in a biology PhD. Program. By tracking policy I meant any good resources that track any legislature or incentives that are being passed that might impact the amount of money going into grant funding. I am also just genuinely interested in the grant funding process or any insightful resources on how to best navigate the whole process. – drtran Dec 31 '15 at 4:36
  • What country are you in? – ff524 Dec 31 '15 at 4:37
  • Sorry should read a little more carefully. US. – drtran Dec 31 '15 at 4:41
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There are a few blogs that I find highly informative regarding the politics, changes, and historical trends affecting science funding in the United States.

Drugmonkey often blogs about the NIH. Recent examples include:

Prof-like Substance blogs a fair bit about goings-on affecting the NSF, especially IOS and DEB divisions and also generally the BIO directorate, including historical trends and recent changes in proposal and funding procedures. Recent examples:

There's also the blog of the NIH Office of Extramural Research, which is often very informative. I especially appreciate the posts that reveal data about internal workings and funding patterns of the NIH. Examples:

Science Insider reports on science policy. Examples include:

  • Thank you this is an excellent start. Just what I was looking for! – drtran Dec 31 '15 at 5:26

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