NIGMS Releases Draft Strategic Plan for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Training
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, known as NIH’s “training institute” because of the “number, breadth and forward-thinking features of its training programs” is seeking comments from the public on its draft strategic plan for training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. According to the report, the goal was to align NIGMS’s training activities with its commitment to build a scientific workforce to help NIH achieve its mission.
Dr. Jeremy Berg, NIGMS Director, identified four key themes in the report:
- Research training is a responsibility shared by NIH, academic institutions, faculty, and trainees.
- Research training focuses on student development, not simply selection of talent.
- Breadth and flexibility enable research training to keep pace with the opportunities and demands of contemporary science and provide the foundation for a variety of scientific career paths.
- Diversity is an indispensable component of research training excellence, and it must be advanced across the entire research enterprise.
The report identifies a number of action items for NIGMS across these four themes and is set within a broader context of major trends, including the fact that it takes much longer today for scientists to receive their first R01 (one measure of independence) than ever before. The NIGMS report also encourages a “modern view” of success in developing a well-trained scientific workforce.