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

Encouraging Junior Scientists to be Mentors in T-32 Programs

To ensure continuity of mentorship across generations, should we create incentives to encourage participation of younger, junior faculty in the leadership of our T32 programs?

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

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To ensure continuity of mentorship across generations, teach junior investigators an important skill, alleviate the mentoring workload of more senior investigators.

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Various types of incentive can be offered to junior investigators, some of them would need to be negotiated with the institutions.

Mentoring is an important part of a scientist life and is a skill that is learned by observation and practice. Good mentoring is essential for a successful career of any investigator. Encouraging young investigators to start mentoring from the early phases of their career will improve their skills and create a cadre of very competent future mentors.

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

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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 »

Submitted by (@dianenugent7)

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More emphasis and financial support is needed to encourage mentoring of physician scientists who can truly implement the translational breakthroughs in basic science laboratories. Thus far, we have not seen the support needed to maintain physicians-researchers in implementation of translational breakthroughs once they leave the lab or the coverage of their research funding. Not only a patient tragedy, this is occurring at the very moment that national expansion of genomic services for diagnosis, phenotype-genotype associations, and revolutionary pharmacological breakthroughs are occurring on a daily basis. Without a robust network of investigators linked to the basic science investigators, these NIH funded breakthroughs will languish due to lack of an affective network of implementation and supportive biologic investigations.

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How can this be accomplished? NHLBI should fund innovative and collaborative partnerships nurtured between physician scientists and the basic researchers that rewards grantees for the development of a novel hospital based infrastructure that promotes a healthy and vibrant synergism between patient centered care, research and innovation.

This is a great example where the physician scientist can provide the much needed link between the patient and the basic science that offers the promise of cure and improved outcomes for all patients.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Diane Nugent, MD and Hemostasis Thrombosis Research Society members

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Distribution of funding

As long as funding remains at grossly inadequate levels, to distribute the research money more fairly, limit the total dollar amount any PI can receive. It should be a reasonably large number in order to fund multiple good ideas that are peer-evaluated, but small enough to allow more PIs to get funding.

Submitted by (@edward.fisher)

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

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More PIs will get funding and the most talented investigators will still get support for multiple projects.

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The old argument against this sort of thing is that the best ideas merit funding, but we already have % effort limits and if one carefully evaluates the multiple awards the most successful PIs get, there is usually some overlap. Also, the NIH in past surveys have found that bigger labs are less productive on a per person basis.So, even if there is no support for a firm number (like $1 million/year), better enforcement of % effort and overlaps should be done.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Edward A. Fisher

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Increase and Support Research Based Faculty

As the current chair of the Research and Training Division, I would like to convey that the AAAAI membership would like the NHLBI to consider the following in the development of its strategic plan: There has been a decline in research-based faculty in the past few years.  The challenge is two-fold.  First, increase the research faculty pipeline with increased focus on training and recruitment of research focused fellows ...more »

Submitted by (@wheeze)

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 : Mitchell Grayson on behalf of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

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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.

Submitted by (@hsiche)

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Enable the next generation to develop a research career to promote the field for the future

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Very easy to redefine "Early Stage Investigator" to be fair to all clinicians applying for RO1. One could also give some type of advantage for short period of time to "New Investigators" now beyond 10 yrs of last training who did not have that advantage when they applied

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Eileen Hsich

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Integrated Research Training

There is a need to encourage the development and growth of integrated and multi-disciplinary biomedical research skills needed to utilize emerging technology, infrastructure, and paradigms, including the development of competitive research training strategies that embrace the role of multi-institutional and professional scientific organization research collaboration.

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator1)

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

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Promoting collaborations to advance research

Insufficient funding and resources hamper scientific progress. Providing funding opportunities that require collaborations across multiple institutions would encourage open and collaborative research while promoting advances in research due to complementary expertise, sharing of resources, combining scientific efforts, etc.

Submitted by (@feghalib)

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It would enhance research, accelerate the pace of discoveries, create collegial and collaborative environments across institutions and research groups. It would also promote team science and foster junior investigators who will learn the advantages of collaborating and functioning as a team.

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It would require funding opportunities with availability of funds being contingent on collaborations across a certain number of institutions/centers having complementary resources, expertise, & research teams.

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

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NIH trans-IC office of critical care research

Would an NIH trans-IC office of critical care research improve coordination and strategic planning across?

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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 : American Thoracic Society member

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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.

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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 : 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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NOVEL APPROACHES TO TRAINING IN SLEEP AND CIRCADIAN RESEARCH

Sleep and circadian disorders are relatively new areas of medicine. Most universities currently lack a critical mass of investigators to develop institutional T32 grants. Thus, there are, unfortunately, few such programs nationally. The Sleep Research Society has recognized this and is taking active steps to facilitate development of other T32 institutional training grants. This will not, however, help the majority ...more »

Submitted by (@jnoel0)

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The current status of research training in sleep and circadian disorders suggest that new approaches are needed. The field has developed one multi-center training grant to bring training to different institutions. This is focused on genetic/genomic approaches. It is run by the University of Pennsylvania which has a well developed program in this area. The fellows in training are, however, at other institutions, i.e., Johns Hopkins, University of Michigan and Stanford. Web-based approaches are used for work-in-progress seminars, grant development workshops and group mentorship, and didactic lectures. This strategy could be used more broadly to develop research training in other areas of sleep and circadian research. Stimulating this would have a major impact on research training in this new field of medicine.

 

Another relevant strategy would be to encourage adding slots in a competitive way for sleep/circadian research to other existing institutional T32 grants.

 

There are multiple mechanisms in place to communicate opportunities to the sleep/circadian academic community, i.e., Sleep-L, administered by the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research; Sleep Research Society biweekly blog; the Sleep Research Network. Specific encouragement of this approach would broaden the base for research training and would be of high impact.

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The field of sleep and circadian research has had a long commitment to facilitating research training. The Sleep Research Society has hosted Trainee Day at our annual meeting for 20 years. The Sleep Research Society is funding early-stage investigators through its Foundation. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine runs, in collaboration with the NHLBI, an event at NIH for early-stage investigators in clinical research. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation has a “Bridge to K Award” program that provides funds to early-stage investigators who just missed funding on their first application for a K award. The Sleep Research Society has provided travel funds for early-stage investigators to attend recent workshops held by different NIH Institutes including National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Thus, there is no doubt of the commitment of the field and its professional organizations.

 

The impact of these new initiatives would be to broaden the base for research training beyond a few institutions. The number of institutions with a critical mass of investigators to mount successful T32 institutional training grants is not sufficient to provide the necessary future biomedical research workforce in this area. Novel approaches, based on modern communication IT technology, are needed.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Sleep Research Society

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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.

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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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A Diverse world in prevention and provision of care

Why don’t we have a program that is easy to follow in maintaining at an early age that extends all the way to Senior Citizenship? Culturally diverse staff can improve everyones chances of getting needed care that is multi-cultural.

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

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

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We need a strike team of diverse brainstormers to address social issues that may be responsible for deseases do to associations and life styles. The majority of healthcare concerns are diverse and need someone who can retrofit services to be more responsive to all groups.

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Most federal and state funding go to organizations that are high profile but not necessarily in touch with some peoples realities. Grassroot organizations need to be funded like in the past whose door don’t close at 4 or 5 PM when there is greater vulnerability.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : James E. Cummings Sr

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