The National Institutes of Health (NIH) require that all research papers written by the principal investigator that have to do with data acquired by a research grant be made public through the WebMD portal website. This rule also applies to any publicly funded research, and is applicable to all the Co-Principal Investigators (C-PIs) of the grant. Many research grants require that the PIs make a research paper of their findings before the close-out of the grant – and all of this is obviously for good reason and fair to the public whose tax dollars funded their work.
Now then, in keeping up with the latest technology, and seeing as few have time to read all the papers that come out in their field, or personal areas of interest, I hereby propose the following requirement of the PIs and Co-PIs of government funded research; namely that, on specific grants that are high-dollar grants, let’s say upwards of 500,000 or 1,000,000 dollars require that the information be put forth in up to 10-one hour lectures, but not less than 3-hours total. This way other investigators and the public can download the podcasts and listen to these lectures at their leisure – and the PIs can determine if the lectures have a video component or not.
Why is this important? Simple, we have information overload, many in the sciences are so busy they don’t have time to stay up on their specific science let alone other potentially cross-pollinated research. This will help with on-going education for grad students as well as those applying for future grants as well as those reviewing the grants. It also helps with interested citizens in various types of science. Perhaps they have a disease and are wondering what science and research is being done, or they have an idea or concept they’d like to volunteer to those in that science domain. Often the best ideas come from the outside.
Allowing participation like this does two things, it shows the American People are “ALL-IN” when it comes to our research and science investments; and it also promotes future researchers in the sciences. You’d be surprised the thirst for information amongst the up and coming stars and future scientists. Let’s not bore them with rote memorization, rather let’s feed their dreams, passion and interests. Indeed, I sincerely hope you will see the value in this concept of pod casts and why it is so appropriate for the future of publicly funded research.