Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

To support the future of investigator-initiated research by sustaining and developing a diverse biomedical workforce with the skills and research resources to pursue emerging opportunities in science.

Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Funding & Review Mechanisms

Funding and review mechanisms are essential resources that can facilitate or hinder innovative research to meet the NHLBI goals. These resources must be refocused to result in identification and funding of the type of innovative research being sought by NHLBI. The opportunities for leveraging available NHLBI funds with other sources should be considered formally as a component of overall budget planning, not just on ...more »

Submitted by (@media0)

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

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The impact should be more equitable access to funds, as perceived by potential recipients; provision of funds for high-priority topics; and revitalized, refocused review groups that are willing and able to consider recommending high risk, innovative approaches.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

This is a very specific challenge that may require incremental implementation with some experimentation/pretesting and solicitation of ideas from a range of stakeholders identified during this goal-setting exercise. While the Institute may be able to make changes in how funding mechanisms are employed, making changes to review group membership may be more challenging, especially in the current context of recruiting members. Incentives for this service may also need to be reviewed, innovatively, under current budget constraints.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Sonja McKinlay. Team Members: Susan Assmann and Paul Stark

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Training the new generation: not all about “big data” & "omics"

How do we attract more students/trainees into fields that are not popularized by “catchy” names?

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Training the next generation of scientists

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While the need to train the next generation of scientists in emerging fields (e.g. “omics” and “big data”), we should not overlook the need for nurturing “old fashioned” scientists (e.g. physiologists, integrative biologists) which are on the decline.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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Implementation Research Workforce Addressing Health Inequities

What are the best strategies to develop a highly competent diverse Implementation Science research workforce to address health inequities?

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Compelling Question (CQ)

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC :

• Enhance fundamental knowledge about new and trans-disciplinary D&I field.

• Improve understanding on ways to scale-up and deliver proven interventions to address health inequities.

• New knowledge generation regarding important adaptations of interventions implemented in the local context.

• Improve health outcomes, particularly in underserved populations in both the U.S. and abroad.

• Successful D&I research training programs will help ensure a competent diverse D&I research workforce.

• Identification of the most effective career timing and combination (balance) of discipline-specific and trans-disciplinary courses essential to develop a cadre of trans-disciplinary implementation science researchers.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Feasibility:

• Dedicated NHLBI Center to promote, develop, implement, and disseminate research findings to address heart, lung, blood, sleep-related conditions and diseases.

• Identified new approaches to creating partnerships with trans-disciplinary research teams that expand beyond academia and increased understanding of the unique nature of mentorship needed for this discipline.

• Experience from several other ICs can be leveraged to improve or ability to be successful and decrease our launch time.

• Field is gaining momentum because of the realization of the unsustainable economic burden of health inequities (expected to increase in the future) in the U.S.

 

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• Dedicated training mechanisms are needed to develop and meet our current/future T4 research workforce needs to address health inequities.

 

• Resources needed that provide unique training approaches (e.g., a trans-disciplinary scientific training environment, knowledge and experience with health disparity populations, unique training faculty (mentor) composition and opportunities to train mentees as future D&I mentors, innovative research tools and research experiences, and broad and diverse partnerships.

 

• Unique linkages with practice settings across disciplines needed.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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Professional Development Pathway

Transformation of the professional development pathway – moving promising trainees and junior faculty to independent and productive investigators– is critical to ensuring a vibrant clinical and basic research workforce.

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Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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More Salary for Postdocs

Postdocs, the major workforce of modern research, make less than the janitors, work harder and have way more stress in the work and personal life. We deserve a decent salary. We need to double the NIH salary standard for postdocs.

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Credible Data and Analysis of the Biomedical Research Workforce

There is a need for sensible policies that require collection and scientific analysis of credible data relating to the biomedical workforce. The data currently available are weak – for example no one knows, to a factor of 2X, the actual number of postdocs in the United States. The absence of credible human resource and labor market data on the biomedical research workforce is very surprising. NIH could contribute greatly ...more »

Submitted by (@teitelbaum)

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NIH has begun to develop its own capacity for such data collection and analysis, a very positive step. In addition, NIH may wish to consider modest research grant funding for research on the biomedical workforce by academic labor economists.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Michael S. Teitelbaum

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Increased methods training for investigators

It is clear that there are concerns about reproducibility and quality control in science in general and in obesity-related research in particular. Increased opportunities for training in rigorous scientific practices for obesity researchers and biomedical and behavioral researchers in general may be helpful to increase rigor and reproducibility.

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : David B. Allison, Ph.D.; Kevin Fontaine, Ph.D.; Kathryn A. Kaiser, Ph.D.; Andrew W. Brown, Ph.D.; Edward C. Archer, Ph.D.

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Make PhD Career Paths More Transparent

A critical challenge will be making career paths transparent to prospective PhD students and postdocs. At present, few departments, programs and institutions are collecting and making readily available any credible data about the career experiences of their past graduates. To be useful, such data should address at least five years of post-PhD career experience; shorter-term data is likely to be dominated by postdoctoral ...more »

Submitted by (@teitelbaum)

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

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Provide credible information to prospective PhD students and postdocs, so that they have good information about career paths and trends before they decide what to do after earning their first degrees.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Most PIs know what their former PhD students and postdocs are doing, but such information is rarely compiled by departments and programs.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Michael S. Teitelbaum

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Enhance funding for population and public health research

Many challenges posted here focus on increasing translation and development of interdisciplinary teams. Diverse backgrounds and epidemiological training makes population and public health scientists ideal candidates to connect teams in different areas of research around translation to human health. While funding exists specifically for career development of physician and pre-clinical scientists, none exists for epidemiologists. ...more »

Submitted by (@mmongrawchaffin)

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC :

NHLBI is currently investing heavily in training epidemiologists at the PhD and postdoctoral level, but may be losing those researchers during the transition to independence and mid-career stages. Compared to those with clinical backgrounds or basic science skills, PhD epidemiologists rarely have alternative resources to fall back on when NIH funding is reduced and may have less interest in joining industry if their primary research interest is improving public health at the population level. This may make epidemiologists particularly vulnerable to leaving the field of health research. Dedicated funding that prioritizes human studies and population level research would help retain well-trained epidemiologists whose primary dedication is to improving chronic disease outcomes.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

While the current level of funding is a challenge to everyone working in science right now, adding funding mechanisms specifically for epidemiology like those that already exist for clinician scientists and pre-clinical research could play an essential role in maintaining the pace of innovation and implementation of research.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Morgana Mongraw-Chaffin

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Accounting for indirect costs

Strengthen institutional accountability to the investigator for appropriate use of indirect funds

Submitted by (@flogerfo)

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

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If the PI had some way of affirming institutional accountability for use of indirect funds, it would greatly strengthen PI support and respect. This would result in better space, admin support, support for resubmission,and overall prestige within the institution. The end result would be more effective research and attractiveness of a research career. Clinician scientists would benefit greatly.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Institutions rarely are interested in accounting to the investigator for use of IDC. Quite possibly due to fear that the investigator would be unreasonable demanding. Some creativity could get around this. A list of Investigators "rights" or "expectations" in terms of institutional support in the effective use of public funds. A committee of PIs to report to NIH on Institutional support. Perhaps with a response for the Institution. The value of this might be judged by the intensity of the pushback from institutions. Nonetheless, hospitals and schools are accountable to JCAH, etc. Having PIs participate in an evaluation by the NIH would in essence be no different.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Frank W LoGerfo

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How to decrease the amount/level of mistreatment by medical staff toward Sickle Cell Patients

How can we better train the medical staff to realize that we are individuals and not see us as a disease as opposed to an individual when treating us in the Emergency Room. To listen to the patients advice and comments. Helps them realize most adult patients have been taking narcotics the majority of their lives and that's why they require higher doses (without the judgment).

Submitted by (@kenalovesgoddrew)

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Kena Drew

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Align PhD Content with Careers Available to Recent PhDs

There is a need to create better alignment between the content of biomedical PhD programs and the careers that actually are available to those who have earned PhDs. Though available data are surprisingly weak, all the evidence suggests that only a small fraction (perhaps 15%) of current biomedical PhDs and postdocs are likely to find stable careers in academic research. Larger proportions are more likely to be employed ...more »

Submitted by (@teitelbaum)

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Michael S. Teitelbaum

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