Why we fund young scientists

An article just published in Nature (18 February 2015), “Young scientists go for fresh ideas,” says that junior biomedical researchers tend to work on more innovative topics than their senior colleagues do. Authors of the original study analyzed the MEDLINE database and found that young researchers far outpaced older scientists in citing new ideas in their papers.

The Banting Research Foundation focuses its funding on early-career medical researchers who have innovative proposals but inadequate funding to pursue their ideas. While research funding cutbacks have affected researchers at all career levels, it has hit early-career researchers especially hard. Their brief track records make it difficult to compete with more established researchers. Our grants provide funds for short pilot studies that allow early-career researchers to gather data that then helps make subsequent grant proposals more competitive.