The Aging of Science
Recipients of NIH grants are getting older and older.
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.