Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Promoting Translational Research training using the R03 mechanism

We in Wisconsin have developed a robust training program for mixed MD and PhD postdocs in a clinical dept and yet their future in research is blocked by few faculty positions, poor funding and over complicated NIH applications. One of the simplest grants is the R03 and we have already had graduates with only a few years postdoc experience succeed in gaining R03 funding. The R03 is a very simple very flexible mechanism. Change the rules to make a Translational R03 which is modular for 50k a year for the project alone and allows up to 50k as salary for the PI. Then drop the R21 altogether (instead use reduced years R01 up to 150k/year for up to 3 years). Do not allow R03 to exclude eligibiltiy for K99R00.

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