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

R01 funding

Unless we fix and increase the R01 funding rate, which most basic scientists depend upon, we will continue to lose outstanding scientists of all ages and not have the next generation of scientists or the numbers of currently outstanding scientists to answer any of these compelling questions and critical challenges. Related to this, much has been written about the significant failure rate of clinical trials in part due ...more »

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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. ...more »

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Economic and Sustainable Infrastructure for Basic Scientists and Physician Researchers in Healthcare Networks

This will require a new process of partnerships between successful basic scientists and the physician who is committed to a synergistic relationship with the investigators in order to unravel the pathophysiology of disease. The failure of the part-time “MD trainee scientist” due to increasing clinical requirements to complete their fellowship, has only reinforced the impression that physicians no longer belong in the ...more »

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Reducing Personal Education Debt

Because education debt weighs heavily on many early-stage physician-scientists, there is a need for the NHLBI to alleviate this problem and help boost the desirability of research career choices by automatically granting Loan Repayment Program awards to qualified investigators whose research projects are funded by peer-reviewed grants.

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Moderating Positive Feedback between Research Funding and PhD/postdoc Numbers

A critical challenge will be to limit future destabilizing expansion of the number of PhD students and postdoc trainees. Because 75-80% of biomedical PhD students and postdocs now supported by NIH are funded by RO1 and other research funding, if/when research grant budget increase the number of PhD and postdoc “slots” would automatically expand--even if there is no expectation of comparable increases in demand for ...more »

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Training Support for Non-Research-Intensive Institutions

Institutions that are less research intensive, which may characterize some of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions and tribal institutions with primarily minority faculty and/or student body, may need additional support for training researchers and for performing both hypothesis driven and student integrated research to provide an environment conducive with NIH efforts to enhance ...more »

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Would like to challenge definition of "Early Stage Investigator" for MD

Why is Early Stage Investigator defined as New Investigators who are within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or within 10 years of completing their medical residency at the time they apply for R01 grants? This provides an unfair advantage to all PhD, general surgeons, internists, and pediatricians compared to subspecialists who complete clinical training 3-6 yrs after general training.

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