Category Archives: Workforce Issues

NIH Advisory Council Considers Ways to Enhance Efficiency of Peer Review

On September 25, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Advisory Council convened to discuss topics related to peer review. NIH Principal Deputy Director Larry Tabak, DDS, PhD, provided an overview of the recently released Next Generation Researchers Initiative and the agency’s plans to increase stability in the biomedical research workforce… Read More »

NIH Advisory Council Makes Recommendations on Rigor and Reproducibility, Physician-Scientist Training, Workforce Diversity

The Advisory Council to the Director (ACD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently received updates on topics related to the practice and support of biomedical research. During sessions held at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD on June 8 and 9, NIH leadership briefed the ACD on issues, including recommendations for rigor and… Read More »

FASEB launches survey on shared research resources

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) launched a survey of researchers’ experiences with shared research resources. Responses are requested from resource users and providers in the United States by March 2. The questions in this 10-15 minutes survey focus on the following topics: (1) resource utilization and unmet needs; (2) the role… Read More »

National Academies’ Next Generation Researchers Initiative gets underway

The first meeting of a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine study on the difficulties young biomedical researchers face trying to establish and maintain careers as independent scientists took place in Washington, DC, on January 9. The Next Generation Researchers Initiative aims to evaluate numerous factors affecting the transition to independent research careers, including… Read More »

FASEB announces new database of research organism providers

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) launched a new tool to help biomedical and life science investigators identify US suppliers of research organisms ranging from algae to mice, fruit flies, and maize. The Database of US Providers of Research Organisms aids researchers searching for stock centers, living collections, and commercial providers, all… Read More »

National Science Board meets to discuss policy issues

On November 7-8, the National Science Board (NSB) met at National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss a long slate of science policy issues. Many topics were raised during the open sessions of the meeting, including an update on the NSF strategic plan, discussions of a new pilot program pertaining to NSF… Read More »

NIH seeks input on promoting diversity in small business

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks to better understand the factors that deter women and socially and economically disadvantaged people from participating in small business. The agency issued a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting comments on a proposed grant supplement to encourage participation of these underrepresented populations in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and… Read More »