It is exciting to see SIIBR come together. We have been working on creating an independent research program for individuals who just want to do science their way. This is the biggest hurdle for many PhDs, as there is not enough funding, space, or opportunities for most scientists. While women still lag behind men who are offered professorships, the field has become so competitive, that it just does not matter. We need more opportunities to do science, and that does not mean that we should expect Federal Funding agencies to fund all scientists. Rather, we need other options, including developing our own revenue stream to cover the costs of our own research.
SIIBR is not the first independent research institute, there are many around the world, and particularly in Seattle. SIIBR is forging a way by combining the desire to do good research with novel funding opportunities.
Come back after we have been able to unpack our notebooks and equipment. Soon, we will show you some exciting and fun data.