Erica Verrillo writes about the teleconference and study: http://cfstreatment.blogspot.com/2016/03/nih-teleconference-reassurances.html This is a good find by her on a vital subject: "In reference to funding further [extramural] research Dr. Koroshetz replied that "NIH has processes that ensure that research comes in and the most highly meritorious research is funded and that all groups have a fair hearing when they come in." He stated that this is a "tried-and-true" process. Interestingly, this "tried and true" process has recently been found wanting. A February 2016 study https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160216090128.htm by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health found that peer review for NIH grants was no better than random selection. One of the study's authors, Arturo Casadevall, stated that the current system is "worse than awarding grants through a lottery.""