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Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group Report


A working group of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD –charter and roster in Appendix A) was tasked with developing a model for a sustainable and diverse U.S. biomedical research workforce that can inform decisions about training the optimal number of people for the appropriate types of positions that will advance science and promote health. Based on this analysis and recognizing that there are limits to NIH’s ability to control aspects of the training pipeline, the working group was asked to make recommendations for actions that NIH should take to support a future sustainable biomedical research infrastructure…"

…"The overall purpose of the recommendations is to ensure future US competitiveness and innovation in biomedical research by creating pathways through undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral training that provide excellent preparation in a timely fashion to:

  • Attract and retain the best and most diverse scientists, engineers and physicians from around the world to conduct biomedical research as well as increase the number of domestic students from diverse backgrounds who excel in science and become a part of the Science Technology
    Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce
  • Prepare biomedical PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to participate in a broad-based and evolving economy

The working group appreciates that K-12 and undergraduate education are major factors that influence the success of building of the biomedical research workforce but has confined its recommendations to graduate training and beyond as NIH funding and training focuses on those stages…"