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Supporting early-stage investigators

How can we provide better support for junior investigators who are transitioning from K Award to R Award funding?

Submitted by (@ed.silverman)

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

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With the challenging NIH funding climate, many junior investigators are struggling to obtain their first R series grant. Without better support of our junior investigators, the next generation of investigators in academic medicine is in peril.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Edwin K. Silverman

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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?

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

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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Expanding short term Junior Faculty Training Programs such as the Summer Training Programs for Junior Faculty (PRIDE): Focus

Expanding the base of the program foci (e.g. including NCI in addition to the current HLBS).

Submitted by (@treva0)

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

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Expanding the PRIDE program foci beyond NHLBI’s heart, lung, blood, and sleep foci, may involve a common-fund effort, for example by having multiple institutes involved in the program. It is well accepted that good research today is a collaborative effort that often reaches across institutes. For example, the research interests of several PRIDE/SIPID trainees were at the intersection of cardiology and areas such as cancer, diabetes and aging.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Treva Rice for the PRIDE (Programs to increase diversity among individuals engaged in health-related research): Joe GN “Skip” Garcia, Francisco Moreno Girardin Jean-Louis, Gbenga Ogedegbe, DC Rao, Victor Davila-Roman, Mohamed Boutjdir, Betty Pace, Juan Gonzales, Bettina M Beech, Keith Norris, Marino Bruce, Alicia Fernandez, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, and Margaret Handley.

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Expanding short term Junior Faculty Training Programs such as the Summer Training Programs for Junior Faculty (PRIDE): Networkng

Increasing opportunities for junior faculty trainees to network (e.g. cross-training with other NIH institutes)

Submitted by (@treva0)

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

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Expanding networking may involve expanding the annual meeting to include trainees and mentors from across different programs (e.g., T32s, R25) and across different institutes (e.g., NHLBI, NHGRI, NIGMS, etc.). In this environment of collaborative research, having a broad network, particularly one that is focused on efforts related to increasing diversity, may increase the scope and eventual utility of the research coming from these trainees. Two meetings per year would be ideal.

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Treva Rice for the PRIDE (Programs to increase diversity among individuals engaged in health-related research): Joe GN “Skip” Garcia, Francisco Moreno Girardin Jean-Louis, Gbenga Ogedegbe, DC Rao, Victor Davila-Roman, Mohamed Boutjdir, Betty Pace, Juan Gonzales, Bettina M Beech, Keith Norris, Marino Bruce, Alicia Fernandez, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, and Margaret Handley.

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Expanding short term Junior Faculty Training Programs such as the Summer Training Programs for Junior Faculty (PRIDE): More Pgms

Expanding the training efforts (e.g. greater number of funded summer programs, extend training beyond 2 summers, provision for 5-year grants so an additional cohort can be included) would be highly beneficial.

Submitted by (@treva0)

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

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Expand training efforts by increasing number of programs. The PRIDE is now turning away outstanding applicants due to the limited number of training slots across the different program. Since each program is currently training as many scholars as is feasible given their current infrastructure and resources, a solution may include increasing the number of independent programs in the PRIDE or number of trainees a given program can support. This will lead to increasing the number of independent researchers in the health-related fields who come from diverse backgrounds. Flexibility to increase the training period: Some junior faculty need more assistance than others. Some trainees from less research-intensive institutions may have had fewer opportunities to participate in research and thus have less experience and fewer (sometimes no) publications. They would greatly benefit from an initial period dedicated to increasing core research skills and publications prior to proposing and seeking independent grant funds. In the long run, they will be more likely to succeed given the extended training since the PRIDE offers opportunities to collaborate with nationally known researchers and provides access to data resources and the possibility of increasing their publication record. Also, a small percentage of the slots may be reserved for repeat participation in structured manner that provides escalating levels of support.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Treva Rice for the PRIDE (Programs to increase diversity among individuals engaged in health-related research): Joe GN “Skip” Garcia, Francisco Moreno Girardin Jean-Louis, Gbenga Ogedegbe, DC Rao, Victor Davila-Roman, Mohamed Boutjdir, Betty Pace, Juan Gonzales, Bettina M Beech, Keith Norris, Marino Bruce, Alicia Fernandez, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, and Margaret Handley.

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