The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking information from the public on topics intended to help boost the impact and sustainability of biomedical research (H/T FASEB). Comments are due no later than May 17.
The NIH is seeking information on the following broad topics:
- Input on key issues that currently limit the impact of NIH’s funding for biomedical research and challenge the sustainability of the scientific enterprise.
- Ideas about adjusting current funding policies to ensure both continued impact and sustainability of the NIH research enterprise.
- Ideas for new policies, strategies and other approaches that would increase the impact and sustainability of NIH-funded biomedical research.
- Comments on any other issues that you feel are relevant.
This request will help inform the efforts of an NIH-wide working group headed by the director of the National Institute for General Medical Sciences, Dr. Jon Lorsch, on more efficient and/or sustainable funding strategies. Past work in this area (from another working group) includes a possible ’emeritus award’ that would help senior researchers transition away from an NIH-dependent research position and assist the transfer of those research lines to younger researchers. I mention that because I think the NIH would welcome creative approaches to these topics.
Again, comments are due May 17, and submission instructions are in the Request for Information.