How good is the research conducted at the IRIs? A key metric is competition for NIH grants, which has gone from intense to extreme over the past decade. Grants are evaluated on five criteria: potential impact on human health, scientific approach, innovation, investigator expertise, and institutional environment.
In the fundraising game, every entrepreneur expects difficulties. This is the Age of Startups, after all, with an ever-rising number of entrepreneurs competing for investor dollars. When I began fundraising for my PR software startup, I encountered a range of responses to, well, me. In talking to other women founders, I learned that I may have actually had it easy.