The Aging of Science

| Mon Dec. 21, 2009 2:57 PM EST

Via Alex Tabarrok, here's sort of an interesting chart showing the age of NIH grant recipients over time.  In a way, it visually understates just how much recipients have gotten older.  In 1970, 61% of grants were given to researchers who were 35 or younger.  In 1980 that fell to 29%, in 1990 to 9%, in 2000 to 4% and in 2007 to 3%. That's a huge drop, and 35 isn't exactly spring chicken age, either.  Make of this what you will.