Last Friday, the National Institute of Health (NIH) approved a broad implementation plan for a set of initiatives intended to strengthen and shape the biomedical research workforce based on the recommendations of the NIH Biomedical Workforce Working Group. The plan calls for institutions to create individual development plans for all research trainees and to track outcomes for all research trainees, from undergraduates through postdoctoral researchers. The plan will likely be implemented through grant guidelines and also calls for a new grant program for innovative research training methods. Additionally, the plan calls for a competitive grant program to serve underrepresented minorities and for increased stipends for postdoctoral students, according to an Inside Higher Ed article.
As a member of New England Council, we publish the DC Shuttle each week featuring higher ed news from Washington. This edition is drawn from the Council’s Weekly Washington Report Higher Education Update, of Dec. 17, 2012.
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