Do we know on what basis the NIH classified this as not GoF research? It might be worth separating out “the NIH uses unexpected/weird/just-plain-wrong criteria” from “the NIH’s criteria are not being applied correctly in this case”.
I don’t know on what basis the NIH made that classification or when it made it. If someone knows I would be interested in reading the underlying NIH analysis.
While I could have linked to the more political claims I decided against it, to keep the politics in the question to the minimum.
I agree that trying to keep politics out of it as far as possible was a wise move.