President Stanley: Funding for Young Researchers is Critical

September 2016-In a new video produced by The Science Coalition for its Science 2034 video series, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, addresses the importance of creating new opportunities and additional funding for young scientific investigators, a critical step to pave the way for future scientific breakthroughs. The Science Coalition is an organization made up of 60 major research universities nationwide.

Bringing this call to action to national research policy leadership, Dr. Stanley emphasizes the “extraordinary paradox, where opportunities and tools have never been more powerful, but the outlook for aspiring researchers is very concerning.” He also addresses some solutions to the problem, including the idea of systematic changes in how grants are evaluated, building faculty mentorship, and creating new incentive programs, such as Stony Brook University’s Discovery Prize, an example of Stony Brook's commitment to funding and supporting new faculty who have ideas for high risk high reward projects.