Thoughtful and interesting comments. The ASBMR Science Policy and Advocacy efforts have for many years been making the very arguments you are outlining for a mixture of project- and investigator-driven research opportunities. As you so rightly identify, a fear is for the development plan of young/new investigators getting into the pipeline for success.
With continued advocacy by all ASBMR members, I am hopeful of an improving horizon for research rather than a sunset. It is on on all of us to be aware of the NIH and other funding agencies efforts and do everything we can to info