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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.

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Research training to support population-focused obesity research in ethnic minority populations

NIH is already facing a challenge in increasing the number and viability of researchers of color. Obesity research in black (or other high risk minority) populations can be used to explore how research training programs that focus on specific issues of importance to populations of color might contribute to the recruitment and success of ethnic minority researchers in the NIH system.

Submitted by (@skumanyi)

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

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To say the least, not all researchers of color study disparities related issues and not all disparities research is done by researchers of color. That is the way it should be. However, I suspect that research focusing on populations of color would attract a greater than average proportion of researchers of color (NIMHD might have data on this but NIMHD funding alone would be grossly insufficient as the only relevant funding stream. It would also be inappropriate and ineffective to silo the entire burden as an NIMHD responsibility).

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

The infrastructure for such training might not exist. Isolated minority researchers attached to various centers and programs would not necessarily work; some sort of networking would have to be done based on an infrastructure devoted to population-oriented obesity research and with a critical mass of obesity researchers focusing on the black (or other) population..

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Shiriki Kumanyika, Melicia Whitt-Glover, Debra Haire-Joshu

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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.

Submitted by (@skrenrich)

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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AREA award funding for underfunded institutes by NHLBI

Why the funding rate for AREA (R15) grants from NHLBI is at its lowest with a success rate of only 7.2% in 2014?

Submitted by (@singhk)

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

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC :

The main objective of AREA (R15) grants is to expose students to meritorious research and to strengthen the research environment of the underfunded institutes by NIH. It was shocking to see that the success rate for AREA awards in 2014 was only 7.2%, while it was 18.2% for RO1s. It is 2.5X more difficult to get an AREA award than an RO1. The maximum dollar amount (direct cost) for AREA award is $300,000 for three years, while it is $250,000/year for a regular RO1. NHLBI should encourage scientists from small institutes to submit AREA grants, not discourage them. Small Institutes provide high quality training to future generation of scientists.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

In 2008, the success rate for AREA grants from NHLBI was 41.8%, while it was 22.2% for RO1. In 2014, success rate for R15 declined by 5.8-fold, while the decline for RO1s was only by 1.2-fold. In case, NHLBI is unable to increase funding level for AREA awards, NHLBI should stop funding AREA awards altogether as it was done for R21s a couple years back.

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Training the public to respond to cardiac arrest

What is the best way to train the public to recognize sudden cardiac arrest, perform CPR and utilize an AED?

Submitted by (@rebecca.lehotzky)

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

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : AHA Staff & Volunteers

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Development of IT tools to rapidly access key portions of the EHR

As the volume of information in EHR has continued to increase, one of the current challenges is how to find key pieces of information within the EHR. For example if a patient presents to the ED with Chest Pain as chief complaint, key information for that patient related to this chief complaint should be retrieved by the IT system and presented to the clinician for review such as prior ECG's, prior work-ups including any ...more »

Submitted by (@dayam0)

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

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC :

Speed clinical care and reduce costs

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Should be feasible but would require some partnering with HIS and AI companies to move this forward.

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

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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.

Submitted by (@ked000)

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

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Developing/adapting training programs to address future areas of critical need

What are the best methods to identify future training areas and develop/adapt training and mentorship programs to address future critical needs?

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 :

• Increased return on investment

• Cross-fertilization/cross pollinate with other ICs

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

High feasibility but may require pilot projects, marketing and dissemination

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

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Early Career Physician Scientists are heading toward extinction

As seen by ~ 40% steady decline in number of K-08 grant applicants over 2005-2014 period, early career physician scientists who can do both basic-translation research and take care of patients are dwindling. Lack of institutional support, lack of ACGME support, increasing demands of clinical training, increasing compliance requirement, and disadvantaged position (i.e., significantly less preparation time and continued ...more »

Submitted by (@ctong0)

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

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC :

Physician scientists are needed to provide the bridge between clinical needs and scientific endeavors. Physician scientists can take the needs to scientific community for research and bring new discoveries toward known diseases. Without this bridge, mismatch between clinical need and research will grow.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

NHLBI has reported only about 50% of K-08 awardee apply for R01 in a different critical challenge note. Thus, combination of decreasing number of K-08 applicants and then less than half of the awardees are applying for R01 show that the next generation of physician scientists is now threatened.

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

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Specialized centers for cardiac arrest care

Should out-of-hospital cardiac arrest care be regionalized to specialized centers similar to trauma, STEMI, and stroke?

Submitted by (@rebecca.lehotzky)

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

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : AHA Staff & Volunteers

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Redefining success to include scientific careers other than research

How do we redefine success to include scientific careers other than research (e.g., careers in teaching, industry, government) and provide opportunities for exposure to alternative careers?

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator1)

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

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Challenges:

• Redefining success

• Encouraging team based research by rewarding it and redefining success to include it

• Training programs in alternative careers in science, particularly industry

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

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Training and mentor support in global health

Why can’t all training grants (T, K, etc) be opened out to all people working in US institutions, regardless of citizenship or green-card?

Why can’t we establish mechanisms for US junior investigators and mentors interested in global NHLBI areas?

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 :

Current policy does not allow non-citizens and green-card holders to apply for most K and T grants. However, given the changing nature of US workforce, this policy needs to change. Current mechanisms do not easily enable US investigators to get support for global work……training and/or research.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Why not?

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : K.M. Venkat Narayan

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