What at a disaster.
Bunch of reinforcement that this is all about a bunch of senior dudes (mostly male dewds too) in neuron-recording neuroscience who used to make out like bandits from NIMH support. Now that we've undergone a long slide in funding levels and Insel's push to translational-ize the NIMH portfolio has gained the upper hand...these folks are struggling to get grants. JUST. LIKE. THE. REST. OF. US.
and they can't come up with anything amazing by themselves so they need $100M cash money to build some new recording tools to....you guessed it, record some more neurons.
Outside of the regular grant process because they find it hard to compete these days. JUST. LIKE. THE. REST. OF. US.
I have a proposal. Let's throw down, what, maybe $1M to record symposia and meetings of these people for the next year. Maybe have a few more of these summits. And after all that, if they've come up with some thing that is ACTUALLY NEW AND INTERESTING then and only then do we give them the $99M.