Earlier this month, two working groups of the Advisory Committee to the Director released two requests for information to seek public opinion about two different, but important issues facing biomedical research. Both working groups are charged with developing recommendations to present to the NIH Director.
The Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce is seeking input on ways the NIH can increase diversity in the biomedical research workforce throughout the various research career stages, particularly with regard to underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds. The working group has identified the biomedical research workforce pipeline and the review process as two areas of importance in this discussion.
Submit your response electronically through February 24, 2012.
The Data and Informatics Working Group is seeking input on policies regarding the management, integration, and analysis of research data and administrative data. The working group has identified a number of important issues to consider, including data standards development, secondary or future use of data, data accessibility, incentives for data sharing, and support needs (e.g., workforce and tool development).
Submit your response electronically through March 12, 2012.
I encourage you to submit your thoughts about these important topics.